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WAXWORKS 



MRS. JARLEY'S 



FAR-FAMED COLLECTION OF 



WAX-WORKS. 



VOLUME I. 

(CONTAINING FOUR PARTS.) 



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MRS. JARLEY'S 

FAR-FAMED 

COLLECTION OF WAXWORKS, 



PART I. 



AS ARRANGED BT 



G. B.,BARTLETT, OF CONCORD, MASS., 



AND PERFORMED BY AMATEURS UNDER HIS DIRECTION 

FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES IN MOST OF THE 

CITIES OF THE UNITED STATES. 



With full Directions for their Arrangement, Positions^ Movement*, 
Costumes, and Properties. 



TO WHICH IS ADDMD 



A NOVEL COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE MAEBLES. 



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MRS. JARLEY. Old Hack dress, bright shawl, huge bonnet. 
LITTLE NELL. Calico dress, white apron, hat over her arm. 
JCHN AND PETER. Livery suits. They have a feather duster^ 
watchman 's rattle, screwdriver, hammer, nails, and oil-can. 

THE CHINESE GIANT. A man or woman with high cheek-bones, 
standing on a high siool, chintz skirt round the waist, long 
enough to cover ike stool, Chinese over-dress, Jxit, queue, and 

moustache. 

THE TWO-HEADED GIRL. Two girls standing back to back, one 
red skirt around both, white waists, hair curled, hands 

hanging. 

SEWING WOMAN. Elizabethan ruff, silk dress, velvet over-dress. 

MRS. WINSLOW. Black dress, white apron, kerchitf, and cap. 
Sits in ahair and holds doll on left arm, and small bottle in 
right lutnd. 

CAPTAIN KIDD. White pantaloons, blue skirt, sailor hat, sword. 
VICTIM. Lady with flowing hair, white dress, silk over-dress. 
THE MEKMAID. <7/rZ with long light hair; the body of a fish 

made of green cambric reaches to her waist; she holds comb 

and hand-glass. 

THE MANIAC. Lady with black hair, white dress trimmed with 
gay flowers ; holds pickle-jar in right hand. 

THE SIAMKSE TWINS. Two men dressed alike in modern 
costume; a large lone is fastened by a wire to each , their 
left and right arms are over the neck of the other. 

THE r>r>Y THAT STOOD ON THE BURNING DECK. A small boy ; 
his clothes put on him hind-side before. 

THE D \VAIIF. Boy with red cloak, long while wig, bowl and 
spoon. 

BLUF. HEARD. Flowing robe of any bright colour, twoan, loose 
white pantaloons, beard of blue yarn ; he holds a vety largt 
key in rigid hand. 

SQUALLINI. Rich party drest. 

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JACK SPRAT?. A tall lean man ; square-cut suit. 

MRS. JACK SPRATT. A fleshy lady in bright chintz dress. A 
small table stands between them. They are seated at oppo- 
site sides of the table, each with plate and knife and fork. 

LORD BYRON. Sits in arm-chair ; he wears a black cloak with 
large white collar; holds a book on his right knee, a child 
on his left, and a pencil in his right hand. 

CHILDE HAROLD. A small child or large doll with flaxen hair, 
seated on Byron s left knee. 

THE LIVE YANKEE. A tall thin man, Yankee suit, bell-crowned 
hat ; holds jack knife in right hand, long stick in left. 

THE OLD-FASHIONED SEWING MACHINE. Lady neatly and 
simply dressed, a stocking in her hand. 

THE CANNIBAL. Large man, Indian costume, crown of feathers ; 
holds war-club and a piece of a hoop. 

THE BACHELOR. Blue swallow-tail coat, ruffle, buff vest, white 
hat ; he holds a wheelbarrow in which his lady reclines. 

His LADY LOVE. Young lady ; bright chintz dress, huge bonnet, 
parasol ; holds fan in one hand, parasol in other. 

MOTHER GOOSE. Old lady ; ruffled cap, black dress, wings made 
of black cambric, which expand as she raises her arms. 

LITTLE Bo-PEEP. Small girl; red skirt, chintz tuck-up over- 
dress, high hat ; holds a crook. 
THE GIGGLER. Girl with large face and mouth ; calico dress, 

long apron ; holds newspaper. 
OLD KING COLE. Large wan; ermine robe, crown, red merry 

face ; has pipe in his hand, and bowl and glass in lap. 
THE CONTKABAND. JVe^TO ; jean suit, old hat ; holds blacklr.g- 

brush. 
BABES is THE WOOD. Very large men, one dressed as boy with 

jacket, the other in dress in style of Itttle girl; each holds 

a uouyh-iiut. 
LITTLE RED HIDING HOOD. Small girl; r&l dr*.*t and hood; 

holds small bosket in right hand. 
FAIR ONE WITH GOLDEN LOCKS. Young lady with long 

hair ; white dress ; holds buttle and curling-tongs. 

%* For Motions, see note after each description. 



MRS. JARLEY'S FAB-FAMED COLLECTION 
OF WAXWORKS. 



POSITIONS. 

AT rise of curtain the Chinese Giant stands at back of stage, 
the other figures being placed on each side of him in a semi- 
circle. John and Peter are seated on low stools at L. Little 
Nell is dusting the figures with a long feather brush. Mrs. 
Jarley stands in front and begins her opening speech, directing 
lier men to bring out each single figure before she describes it. 
John then winds up each one, after it has been described, and 
when it stops it is carried back to place. 

If the stage is too small, they may be shown in different 
groups or chambers, according to the judgment of the manager, 

After all have been described, the assistants wind up all, 
3,nd the figures go through their motions all together, to the 
music of a piano, keeping time to a tune which gradually goes 
faster, then all stop, and curtain fall*. 

MRS. JARLEY'S OPENING SPEECH. 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: You here behold Mrs. Jarley! 
one of the most remarkable women of the world, who has tra- 
velled all over the country with her curious Collection of Wax- 
works. These figures hav been gathered, at great expense, 
from every clime and country, and are here shown together for 
the first time. I shall describe each one of them for your 
'benefit, and shall order my assistants to bring some of them 
forward, so you can see them to advantage. After I have 
4jiven you the history of each one of thi* stupendous Collection^ 



6 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

I shall have each one of them wound up, for thry are all fitted 
\vith clockworks inside, and they can tlms go through the 
same motions they did when living. In fact, they do their 
movements so naturally, that many people have supposed them 
to be alive ; but I assure you that they are all made of wood 
and wax, blockheads every one. 

Without further prelude, I shall now introduce to your 
notice each one of my figures, beginning, as usual, with the- 
last one first. 

THE CHINESE GIANT. 

This figure is universally allowed to be the tallest figure 
in my collection ; he originated in the two provinces of Oolong 
and Shang-high, one province not being long enough to pro- 
duce him. On account of his extreme length it is impossible 
to give any adequate idea of him in . one entertainment; 
consequently he will be continued in our next. 

He was the inventor, projector, and discoverer of Niagara. 
Falls, Bunker Hill Monument, and the Balm of a Thousand 
Flour "Barrels." In fact, everything was originally discovered 
by him or some other of the Chinese. They are a cue-rious 
people, especially those who live in Peek-in. The portrait of 
this person, who was a high dignitary among them, may be 
often seen depicted on a blue china plate, standing upon a 
bridge, which leans upon nothing at neither end, intently 
observing two birds which are behind him in the distance. 

Wind up the Giant. 

MOVEMENT. The Giant bows low, then wags his head 
three times, and bows as before, aaid after a dozen motions 
slowly stops. 

You will observe that I have spared no expense in pro- 
curing wonders of every sort, and here is my crowning effort, 
or chef-do over- 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 7 

THE CURIOUS TWO-HEADED GIRL. 

A remarkable freak of Nature, which impresses the beholder 
with silent awe. " Observe the two heads and one body." 
:< See these fair faces, each one lovelier than the other," No 
ae can gaze upon them without a double sensation 4; of sorrow 
and of joy" sorrow that such beauty and grace .vas ever 
united, and joy that he has had the pleasure of contemplating 
their union. 

Wind them up. 

MOVEMENT. This figure is made by two young ladies 
wrapped in one large skirt. They hold their arms out with 
their hands hanging, which shake as if loose when they are 
wound up. 

John, bring out the Sewing Woman, and let the ladies 
behold the unfortunate seamstress who died from pricking 
her finger with her needle while sewing on Sunday. You see 
that the work which she holds is stained with gore, which 
drips from her finger to the floor, which is poetry! This 
forms a aad and melancholy warning to all heads of families 
immediately to purchase one of Wheeler and Wilson's sewing- 
machines, for this accident never could have happened had she 
not been without one of those excellent machines, as no family 
should be. 

ilovEMENT. When wound this figure sews very stiffly and 
stops slowly. 

John then carries her back to her place. 

To the heads of families in my au.tience it is only neces- 
sary to point out my next figure, for she will at once be recog- 
nised by them as their principal support in times of distress 
the children's friend, the parent's assistant, the mother's hope, 
Mrs. G A. Winslow * nurse of thirty years' standing. She 



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holds in her hand a bottle of that wonderful syrup which has 
soothed the sorrows of so many suffering sisters. I cannot do 
better justice to this remarkable fluid than by quoting a few 
stanzas from the celebrated comic poet Ossian in his great 
melodramatic poem of "Marmion" "Soothing Syrup adds 
new lustre to the cheek of beauty, smooths the wrinkles from 
the furrowed brow of age, and is ^so excellent for chilblains." 

Wind up this figure, John, and show the ladies the natural 
manner in which this delicious dose is administered. " Children 
cry for it," and the baby which she carries in her left arm 
would cry if her crier was not out of order, but I have given 
orders to have it re-leathered next week, when if you come 
again you will have the pleasure of hearing it cry as natural 
as life. 

MOVEMENT. Mrs. "Winslow tosses the baby with her left 
arm and plies the bottle with her right. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, permit me to call your attention to 
this beautiful group, which has lately been added at an enor- 
mous expense to my Collection. You here behold the first 
privateer and the first victim of his murderous propensities. 
Captain Kidd, the robber of the main, supposed to have 
originated somewhere Down East. His Afliole life being spent 
upon the stormy deep, he amassed an immense fortune, and 
buried it in the scwid along the flower-clad banks of Cape Cod, 
by which conrse he invented the Savings Banks, now so 
common along shore. Having hidden away so much property, 
which, like so many modern investments, never can be un- 
eartlicd, he was known as a great sea-cretur. Before him 
kneels his lovely and innocent victim, the Lady Blousabella 
Infantina, who was several times taken and murdered by the 
bloodthirsty tyrant, which accounts for the calm look of resig- 
nation depicted upon her lovely countenance. Perhaps some of 



you may remember the good old song written by the Captain, 
where he relates in highly expressive language his treatment of 
this young lady's lover 

"Of his heart 1 made a stew, and I made her eat it tool" 

Wind 'em up, John. 

MOVEMENT. The Captain's sword moves up and down, and 
the Victim's arms go in unison. 



THE FEEJEE MERMAID. 

In this beautiful combination of nature and art you behold 
united the body of a beautiful woman and a beautiful fish. 
This specimen of the codfish aristocracy is considered rather a 
scaly one. Her chief amusement when alive was to sit upon 
a high rock and allure sailors to destruction by her sweet 
songs, which always drew well. She used to comb her hair 
often, and when wound up she will give you a specimen of her 
manner of doing it. 

MOVEMENT. The Mermaid is then wound up, and she 
combs her hair and looks in a small glass which she holds in 
her hand. 

John, bring out the Maniac. 

Martha Bangs, the miserable maniac who poisoned fourteen 
families by giving them pickled walnuts, and then wandered 
about from house to house observing the effect of the pesti- 
ferous pickles. She holds in her right hand the fatal jar which 
has plunged so many happy families into the deepest despair; 
you will observe also the wild confusion of iileas expressed by 
her raving locks. The dreadful deeds of this frantic young 
woman have proved fertile subjects for the pens of many 
gifted authors. Jt is of tUU classic figure that the poet Burns 



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speaks in his comic poem of u Casablanca." To use the words 
of the lamented John Phoenix, " Face while as the driven 
snow, hair black as the driven charcoal." 

John, wind up the Maniac. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up she tears her hair with lelt 
hand, and moves pickle jar up a/4 down with her right hand. 



The Wonderful Siamese Twins compose the nGjC 
These remarkable brothers lived together in the greatest 
harmony, though there was always a bone of contention, 
between them. They were never seen apart, such was their 
brotherly fondness. They married young, both being opposed 
to a single life. The short one is not quite so tall as hrs 
brother, although their ages are about the same. One of them 
was born in the island of Borneo, the other on the southern; 
extremity of Cape Cod. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up they begin to fight, continue 
for a moment, and stop suddenly. 

MRS. J. Bring out that Boy. Fix his arms in position. 

The assistants arrange the Boy's limbs, which move stiffly,. 
as if on joints. 

This Boy, ladies and gentlemen, had the extreme foolishness 
to stand upon the burning deck. Turning to look in the 
direction " whence " Albut " he had fled," his head became 
completely turned, bO that he was picked up insensible frorr. 
among the burning embers, and his face has been firmly fixed 1 
the wrong way ever since. This figure stands as a warning ta 
all children who have the old-fashioned habit of obeying their 
parents, for had this lad been brought up in the modern styJe, 
the very fact of his being commanded by the old gentleman tu 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 11 

remain, would, doubtless, have induced him to run away, and 
so his life would have been saved. 

"Wind up the Boy. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up the Boy tries to turn his 
head, but his whole body revolves on his heel. 

MRS. J. Put the Boy back again. 

John puts the Boy in place and hia arms in position as 
before. 



THE CELEBRATED WELSH DWAKR 

This wonderful child has created some interest in the 
medical and scientific world, from the fact that he was thirteen 
years old when he was born, and kept on growing older and 
older until he died at the somewhat advanced age of twa 
hundred and ninety-seven, in consequence of eating too freely 
of pies and cakes, his favourite food. He measured exactly 2 1 
feet and 7 inches from the crown of his head to the sole of his- 
foot, and 2 feet and 10 inches from the sole of his foot to the 
crown of his head. Was first discovered 10 miles from any 
land, and 12 miles from any water, making the enormous total 
of 91, which figure was never before reached by any previous 
exhibition. 

Wind up the Dwarf. 

MOVEMENT. Dwarf eats very stiffly with a large spoon in 
his right hand ; he holds a bowl in his left hand, which falls on 
the floor after a moment, and is broken. 

MRS. J. John, get your tools and screw on that dwarfs 
hand, for it has become so loose that it costs a fortune for the 
crockery he breaks. 

John screws up the hand, gets a new bowl, and winds up 
the figure again. 



12 MRS. JARIAY'S WAXWORKS. 

MBS. J. Bring forward Clue Beard. Go and get the key 
and clasp his hand around it. 

John places a key, 3 feet in length, in the hand. 

Bluebeard, the well-known philanthropist, the loving father 
and tender husband. But little is known of the early history 
of this celebrated personage except that his name was Nathan 
Beard, and he kept a seminary for young ladies at Walpole, 
Mass., There he endeavoured to instil into the female mind 
thr^e qualities in which they are so painfully deficient 
curiosity and love of approbation. Failing, of course, in this, 
he became so blue and low-spirited that he was known by the 
nickname of ** Bluebeard," which title he bore until his death, 
which occurred during the latter portion of his life. In his 
hand he holds the instrument which he used throughout his 
long and successful career; it will be at once recognised by 
every true scholar as the key to Colbum's Arithmetic, Part 
Third. 

"Wind him up and set him back. 

MOVEMENT. Bluebeard lifts the key and bowa. 



Bring out the Vocalist. 

I now call your attention to the most costly of all ray 
figures. This wonderful automaton singer represents Signorina 
Squallini, the unrivalled Vocalist, whose notes are current 
in every market, and sway all hearts, at her own sweet will. 

Wind her up, and let her liquid notes pour forth. 

MOVEMENT. She gesticulates wildly, and sings a few notes 
in a very extravagant manner, then stops with a hoarse sound. 

MRS. J. John, this figure needs oiling. Why do you not 
.attend to your duties better ? 

John gets oil can which he applies to each ear of the figure, 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 13 

who strikes a high note, and sings with much expression and 
many thrills, then makes a gurgling sound as if running down, 
and is carried back to place. 

In this group, Ladies and Gentlemen, you see a beautiful 
and improving example of what perfection can be attained by 
machinery and genius combined. It represents Jack Spratt 
and his economical and loving wife, who adapted her tastes 
to those of her husband so skilfully that nothing was ever 
wasted in that well-ordered household. As we are assured 
by the talented quill of Mother Goose, one of this loving couple 
devoured all the fat, the other all the lean meat. So both 
were pleased, the board was cleared, and the dishes washed 
in peace and harmony, a condition of things which many 
housekeepers would be wise to imitate. 

MOVEMENTS. They are wound up together, and each alter- 
nately raises plate to lips and lowers it again. 

To an audience of such cultivation as the ono before me it 
seems almost unnecessary to describe this figure. Who does 
not recognise it at once as Lord Byron, as he appeared when 
composing his celebrated novel of the Coarsehatr ? 

This wonderful poem ranks in the public estimation with 
the following well-known works: What's on the Mind, Locke 
on the Understanding ', and The Pleasures of Imagination, by 
Aiken Side. lie holds in his arms his favourite child Harold. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up he turns his head, writes on 
a book which lies in his lap, and tosses child with his left arm. 

THE LIVE YANKEE. 

v ou lure behold a specimen of an irrepressible, indomitable 
native Yrr.kee, who has been everywhere, seen everything, 
and knows everybody. He has explored the arid juries of 



14 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

Africa, and draw forth the spotted cobra by his prehensile 
tail, snowballed the Russian bear on the snowy slopes of Alpine 
forests, and sold wooden nutmegs to the unsuspecting innocents 
of Patagonia. He has peddled patent medicines ia the desert 
of Sahara, and hung his hat and carved his name on the 
extreme top of the North Pole. The only difficulty I find in 
describing him is that I cannot tell what he cannot do. 1 will 
therefore set him in motion, as he hates to be quiet. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up he pushes his hat back on his 
head and begins to whittle. 



THE OLD-FASHIONED SEWING-MACHINE. 

Here is the or'.ginal and best of these home comforts, 
which flourished long before Howe knew how to think, and 
when Baker was unbaked. She is a Singer and a sweet one. 
Not a weed lately sprung up, but a family favourite of long 
standing. Her fair fingers sewed the unbending breeches of 
the staunch old Puritan, and the simple garb of the gentle 
Quaker so strong in the faith. With such a sewing-machine in 
the house, home will be made happy, and gentle peace with 
dove-like wings will brood over the house-top. So be it! It 
is needless to follow this thread of remark ; every one but a 
stupid old bachelor knows these facts, and he, poor fool ! does 
not know much of anything but sorrow. Imagine him sewing 
on his wretched bufrions and pining for the sweet companion- 
ship of such a household treasure. 

MOVEMENT. When wound she darns a stocking. 

Here you behold a curious Cannibal from the Feejee Islands, 
first discovered by Captain Cook, who came very near being 
cooked by him. In that case the worthy Captain would never 
have completed his celebrated voyage around the world. This 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. .15 

individual was greatly interested in the cause of foreign 
missions, as he received the missionaries gladly, and gave 
them a place near his heart. He was finally converted by a 
very tough colporteur who had been brought up in a New 
York boarding house, and induced to become civilised. One 
of his evidences of a change of life was shown by his state- 
ment that he now had but one wife like the English. " What 
have you done with thp other twelve which you said you had a 
month ago?" asked the colporteur. " Oh, I have ate them!" 
replied the gentle savage. This Cannibal was very fond of 
children, especially those of a tender age ; he holds in his 
hand a war club with which he prepared his daily meals, and 
a piece of a war hoop, which is an original one. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up he brandishes his club and 
raises hoop to his mouth. 



THE BACHELOR AND HIS FUTURE WIFE. 

You here behold an example of the moving power of true 
love. This unfortunate bachelor lived alone in the country a 
prey to rats, mice, and remorse, so to merge his little ills in a 
greater he decides to go to London to get a wife. Now this 
was many years ago, and the great metropolis of London was 
but a small city with narrow lanes like those of Boston. So 
he was compelled to bring his wife home in a primitive carnage 
with one wheel, and no horse. This sUows how much a man 
can be led to do for a loving affectionate wife. Observe the 
careless grace with which she carries her gay parasol, and the 
steadfast face of her true-hearted swain. Many a modern belle 
marries like her for the sake of a carriage. 

Wind them up, John. 

MOVEMENT. When wound, he wheels his wife slowly for 
ward and backward t and finally tips her over. 



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MOTHER GOOSE 

The immortal poetess, whose songs furnish the first nourishment 
and inspiration to our tender minds, and whose words of wisdom 
sustain our feeble footsteps as they tottef towards the grave. 
Who can forget her if they would, or would if they could ? 
So full of tender grace and poetic imagery, her works hush the 
critic's tongue, and deprive Envy of her sting. What gentle 
admonition to the epicure is conveyed by her stanzas to the 
rapacious hen, and to the glutton who proposed to put on the 
pot after mealtime was over; what tender reproach in the 
allusion to the elopement of the erring dish with the young 
spoon. What satire can better reach the hard heart of the 
office-holder than the sly hit about " the cat's in the creampot, 
she can't see?" What can move the impenitent heart more 
strongly than the fate of the hardened sinner who was thrown 
down in such a disgraceful manner because " he would not say 
his prayers ? " But to such a name as hers my poor words can 
add nothing, so I will wind her up and let her speak for herself. 
MOVEMENT. When wound, she flaps her wings and hisses. 

The particular attention of young ladies who are too much 
given to levity is called to this fignre, the Unfortunate Giggler. 
This poor girl when young had acquired an unfortunate habit 
of laughing, which grew upon her as she grew up. The 
slightest event would make her laugh immoderately, and she 
was so reduced at last that she could smile at the dreary plati- 
tudes of the comic newspapers. Everything was the subject of 
her foolish smiles : even young men could draw them from her 
as they passed. Instead of following the advice of the im- 
mortal Shakspeare, and finding "sermons in stones," every 
<*tone was for her a grin-stone whichever way she turned. She 
was finally choked while laughing at her meals, and this figure 
of her illustrates the truth of the following exquisite couplet 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 17 

>y*ome poet, whose name has slipped from my memory, y*t 
frhose golden words will never slip from my mind : 
" Laughing girls and crowing hens 
Never come to no good ends." 

Wind her up, John, and let her laugh. 

MOVEMENT. Figure smiles sweetly, then laughs loudly, 
and stops suddenly. 

OLD KING COLE, 

Sometimes known as the Merry Monarch. Yon here behold 
the personification of philosophy and good humour, a man 
schooled in adversity, and a contradiction to the oft-repeated 
statement of the poet, "Uneasy is the head that wear 3 a crown." ' 
On the statement of his gifted biographer we rely , for history 
says that " Old King Cole was a jolly old soul," and that he 
was also a patron of music we have no doubt, for we learn that 
he employed three fiddlers to beguile his soul with their 
entrancing harmony. I blush to say, however, that he was not 
a teetotaller, for he was addicted to the pipe and the flowing 
bowl, which may, perhaps, account for his good spirits. He 
was rich, no doubt, for, to this day, every one interested in 
coal makes money fast. He may be called hard Cole, as he 
led a very convivial life, and when he is wound up you will see 
him smoke vigorously. 

MOVEMENTS. He places the pipe in his mouth, then takes it 
out, and rolls his eyes as if in great enjoyment. 

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the original Contraband, the 
;ause and effect of much of the agitation of modern times. 
Being rather short, you may think " he is not a tall black," 
but he is an original Guinea negro, as he cost me a guinea in 
London at the World's Fair, where he was purchased. In a 



18 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

state of slavery the original of this figure was dull, but on 
being made free he acquired a polish of manner which he com- 
municated to boots and shoes at ten cents each. He is a fine 
musician, and can play the banjo to perfection. He served 
gallantly in the war as a sutler, and never was known to turn 
pale at the sight of danger. When wound up he will execute 
one of the war dances in which his nation exults over a fallen 
foe ; it is known as " Jump Jim Crow." 

MOVEMENT. When wound up he dances grotesquely. 

In the next group you behold the Babes in the Wood, who 
had the misfortune to have an uncle. This wicked man hired 
a villain to carry these babes away into the wood and leave 
them to wander until death put an end to their sorrow, and the 
little robins, covered them up with leaves. These life-like 
figures represent the children just after taking their leaves of 
the villain. By a master stroke of genius the artist has shown 
very delicately that human nature is not utterly depraved, 
for the villain has placed in the hand of each of the innocents 
a dough-nut as a parting present. I have been often asked 
'* why I did not have a figure of the villain also added to tha 
group?" but my reply always is, "Villains are too common to 
be much of a curiosity." 

Wind 'em up, John. 

MOVEMENTS. Each one offers to the other a bite of dough- 
nut alternately. 

Here you behold Little Red Riding Hood, a model of grand- 
filial devotion, for she was so fond of her granny that she wan- 
dered through the forest to take the old lady's luncheon, and 
was eaten by the wolf for so doing, which is a warning to all 
children to be careful how they do much for their grand- 
mothers, unless they a-re rich and can leave them something 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 1& 

in their wills. This personage was an especial favourite with 
children, who love to read about her, and shed tears over 
her unhappy fate, although some of them think that had she 
been as bright and well-read as her dress ahe wonld have been 
too smart to have mistaken the wolf for her grandmother, 
unless she had been a very homely old lady, or he had been 
better-looking than most wol\ ss. 

MOVEMENT When wound up she curtseys and holds out 
her baskot. 

THE FAIR ONE WITH GOLDEN LOCKS. 

This is one of the most expensive of my costly Collection, 
for blonde hair is very high, and you see how heavy and long 
are the golden locks which adorn her beautiful face. I cannot 
pass this figure without saying a few words in praise of the 
wonderful Hair-restorative, for this image had grown so bald 
from the effect of long journeys in the cars, that she was 
exhibited for two years as the Old Man of the Mountain. One 
bottle of the wonderful fluid, however, restored her hair to its 
present growth and beauty, and a little of the fluid being 
accidentally spilled upon the pine box in which the figure was 
carried, it immediately became an excellent Hair-trunk. For 
the truth of this story I refer you to John Phoenix, Esq., who 
knew all about it at the time. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up she applies the hair-restorative 
and curls her hair. 

LITTLE BO-BEEP. 

In this fascinating figure you observe the effect of yielding 
to the too common practice of afternoon naps, This young 
woman was a shepherdess, whose true name was Susan 
Norval, and she fed her father's sheep on the Grampian hills. 
Chancing one day to sit down to rest for a moment upon a 



20 MRS. JARLEY*S WAXWOiXKS. 

poppy-bed, she was so overcome by the drowsy fragrance as to 
be compelled to close her lovely eyes in sleep. When she 
awoke she was much alarmed to find that her flock of fleecy 
warblers had vanished. Determined to find them by hook or 
by crook she wandered away for miles, and finally gave up her 
search, and returned sadly home without them. Imagine 
her joy when, on reaching home disconsolate, she found her 
precious charges safely arrived before her, cutting mutton 
capers, but on closer inspection she found them tailless. She 
ordered some modem tales at once from a well-kown author, 
and, fastening them on, was the first retailer of mutton. The 
man who cut off their tails was the originator of mutton 
chops. 

MOVEMENT. When wound she opens her eyes and shuts 
them, and waves her crook, as if beckoning to her absent 
sheep. 

MRS. JARLEY'S CLOSING- SPEECH. 

You have all gazed with rapture upon my wonderful Col- 
lection, and your bewildered senses may now prepare for a new 
sensation, as I am about to wind up all these beautiful and 
life-like figures at once, so you can see them all work together 
in harmony. 

John, set all the Waxworks going. 

I thank you for your attention and attendance, ana cordially 
invite you all to come again to-morrow and see " Jarley's far- 
famed Waxworks." 

MOVEMENTS. All the figures being wound up at once go 
through their motions in unison, until curtain falls. 



MRS. JAHLET'S WAXWORKS. XI 



THE ANTIQUE CHAMBER 

JLATELT ADDED TO MRS. JARLEY's FAR-FAMED WAXWORK SHOW. 



MRS. JARLEY, having purchased eight costly Marble Statues, 
offers to her patrons among the " nobility and gentry" a sight 
of these classic models of the following mythological per- 
fionages : 

JUPITER. Holds thunderbolt sits upon a white throne. 
JUNO. Sits by his side. ..-- , 

BACCHUS. Sits upon a cask holding grapes. 
MINERVA. Wears a helmet and holds a teapot. 
APO/.LO. Holds a lyre. 
HEBE. A young lady ; holds a vase or cup. 
MARS. A large man ; holds a shield and spear. 
CUPID. A small fat loy ; holds a bow and arrow. 

They are draped in white sheets, their arms are covered with 
stocking-legs, sewed to white cotton gloves, which cover their 
bands. 

Tile properties which they hold are covered with white cloth, 
and their faces are chalked with lily white, put on dry. 

Mrs. Jarley curtseys to audience, and speaks as follows : 
Having just purchased some Statues to add to my far-famed 
"Waxwork Show, I have the honour to introduce to your notice 
this wonderful Collection of Antique Marbles, lately discovered 



22 MI;S. JAKLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

by an old gentleman called Pa Nassus, as he was feeding hi 
father's flock on the steep sides of Mount Olympus. 

These life-like figures are fac-similes of the distinguished 
personages whom they represent 

In the centre of the group you behold Jew Peter, the 
original old-clothes man, and founder of the fraternity of brokers. 
At an early age he narrowly escaped destruction by being eaten 
out of house and home by his rapacious father, from which sad 
fate he was saved by his mother, who concealed him in a cave 
in Crete, where he was sustained by a cretur of the goat species. 
He has many worshippers in modern times, who often are heara 
to call upon his name in the words " By Jupiter I" and " By 
Jove I" He holds thunderbolts in his right hand to show that 
he was the originator of the electric telegraph. 

By his side sits his lovely Miss Juno, the sharer of his joys 
and sorrows, and also of his thunderbolts, for which close and 
chemical affinity she is sometimes known as the oxide, and not, 
as many scholars have supposed, from the sheep's eyes cast at 
her during the progress of their early attachment. 

The figure on her right represents a divinity now almost 
unknown to mankind, although he had many devotees until the 
Prohibitory Law abolished for ever the worship of Bacchus. 
The manner of this ceremony was probably as follows : 

The officiating priest stands behind a long altar or bah, as 
it was called in the ancient Hebrew tongue. 

When the worshipper enters he makes his sacrifice by 
placing an obelus, or small coin, upon the altar or bah, then 
piously raises to his lips the libation, which is poured out by 
the attendant minister. 

MINERVA, the patron of spinsters, and consequently of 
wisdom. She holds in her right hand the greatest means of 
creating and disseminating information, the urn in which i& 
brewed the famous Soavelah broth, signified by the raystio 
letter T 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 23 

The power of this pernicious beverage upon the minds of 
her priestesses is so great, that when they are gathered in a 
sewing circle in her honour, the very first cup inspires in them 
a lively interest in the affairs of their neighbours. The second 
causes them to greatly magnify the facts, and the third inflames 
their imaginations so that the wildest calumnies are put in 
circulation. 

APOLLO, the patron of poets and tyres, which are not always 
united, however. He practised medicine with success at Delos, 
for which reason the duck is sacred to him as the first quack. 
He raised the walls of Troy, and thus brought down the house 
by his music. He was the sun of the universe and also of 
Jupiter. 

MARS, the god of war and guardian of all good children 
who mind their ma's. His own son, however, gave him a good 
deal of trouble, for Uupid was always anxious to evade the 
watchfulness of Mars. 

HEBE, the cup-bearer of Jove. As she was a young woman 
many critics have supposed her name to have been a miss-print, 
and that it should be read Shebe. Having broken too much 
crockery, like many a modern handmaid she was dismissed 
from service. 

CUPID. This little imp was sent into the world to mislead 
and torment mortals. Being blind he seldom sends his shafts 
croperly, for 

" Many a sad and wretched heart, 
When wounded sore by Cupid's dar^ 
Finds out, alas ! his lass not smitten. 
Hymen's white kid a worsted mitten, 
And many a lass must learn tc know 
Her beau ideal no ideal beau." 

As you have patronised my Exhibition so well this evening, 



24 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

contrary to my usual custom I shall wind up these ponderous 
marbles by means of a crank, and you will see them go through 
their motions in a very life-like manner. 

MOVEMENTS. As a handle at R. is turned, jupiter shakes 
thunderbolts at Juno, who throws up her hands, Bacchus rocks. 
on the cask and waves his grapes over his head, Minerva pours 
tea, Apollo strikes his lyre, Mars points his spear, Hebe 
passes the cup, Cupid aims with bow. 

Mrs. Jarley curtseys low as 

CURTAIN FALLS. 



MBS. TABLET'S WAXWOBKS. 



CONTENTS OF PART II. 

CHAMBER OP BEAUTY : Opening Speech of Mrs. Jarley Sleeping 
Beauty and the Prince Queen Eleanor and Fair Rosamond John 
Alden and Priscilla Rebecca and Rowena Alonzo the Brave and 
Fair Imogene The Gracchi Beatrice Cenci. CHAMBER OP HORRORS: 
Mrs. Jarley's Speech Medusa Violante Vampire Father Time 
Savage and his Flying Victim Ruffian disarmed by a smile Spoiled 
Child Bearded Woman Man Monkey, HISTORICAL CHAMBER: Mrs 
Jarley's Speech Joan of Arc Robin Hood Alexander the Great 
Robinson Crusoe King Alfred Diogenes Man with the Iron Mask 
Nero King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid. SHAKESPERIAN CHAMBER: 
Mrs. Jarley's Speech Lady Macbeth Titania Ophelia Juliet King 
Ler lieruiioue Richard II L 



MRS. JARLEY'S 

FAR-FAMED 

COLLECTION OF WAXWORKS, 

PART II. 

AS ARRANGED BY 

G. B. BARTLETT, OF CONCORD, MASS., 



AND PERFORMED BY AMATEURS UNDER HIS DIRECTION 

FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES IN MOST * OF THE 

CITIES OF THE UNITED STATES. 

With full Directions for their Arrangement, Positions > Movements, 
Costumes, and Properties. 



THE CHAMBER OF BEAUTY. 
THE CHAMBER OF HORRORS. 
THE HISTORICAL CHAMBER. 
THE SHAKESPERIAN CHAMBER, 



LONDON : 
SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD., 

PUBLISHERS, 

89, STRAND. 



NEW YORK: 
T. HENRY FRENCH, 

PUBLISHER, 

28, WEST 23BD STREET. 



PESCRIPTIVE ^REFACE. 

THE great demand for the first volume of this popular 
Entertainment has caused the preparation of Part II., 
which contains an entirely new set of figures. The best 
way to exhibit them is in small collections or chambers, 
with a pause for music between, in case any -;>f the same 
actors are required to appear again in a new part. Mrs. 
Jarley may be played by any lady of good voice and con- 
fidence. The descriptions are sometimes given by one of 
the assistants, while Mrs. Jarley attends to arranging and 
winding up the figures. Little Nell is also often intro- 
duced to assist her. Before the description of any figure, 
it should be brought forward by the two assistants, one of 
whom places little wedges to keep it upright, and the 
other pretends to adjust and oil the joints before winding 
up. After movement each figure is carried back to its 
position in the semi-circle at the back of the stage, and 
all are wound up together after the whole chamber has 
been separately exhibited, and all move in concert until 
the curtain falls. The noise of winding is made with a 
watchman's rattle, and a lively air should be played on 
the piano during the movement, an account of which wiU 
be found at the end of the description of each figure. 



antr 



MRS. JARLEY. Black stuff dress with chintz tucket skirt, enormous 
bonnet, gaily trimmed, gaudy shawl ; she has a fan and 
duster. 

JOHN and PETER. Two large men in livery with powdered hair ; 
they have hammer, nails, screwdriver, and oil-can. 



THE CHAMBER OF BEAUTY. 

CLEOPATRA. Yellow satin skirt, loose white waist, with gilt orna- 
ments and jewels, crown and coin pendants she holds a small 
snake in the right hand, and a large wax lead in the left. 

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY. Lovely girl in white satin, reclining on 
an elegant couch. 

THE PRINCE. Handsome velvet shape dress, hat and plume ; he 
holds Beauty's hand. 

PRISCILLA. Grey dress, white kerchief, apron, and high cap ; 
hand on spinning wheel. 

JOHN ALDEN. Dark Puritan dress, pointed collar. 

PiCBECCA. Dark lady with showy Oriental costume; holds 
casket. 

HOWENA. A blonde lady in wedding costume and veil. 
ALOXZO THE CRAVE. Armour ; face chalked very white. 
I.MOGENE. Very rich dress with shoulder train. 

THE MOTIIFR OF THE GRACCHI. A tall lady in white cotton 
statuesque costime ; her right hand extended and her left 
encircling tcco buys also dressed in white. 

CT.ATRICE CEXCI. Beautiful dark lady in white dress; head 
turned sideways as it is in the picture. 



4 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

THE CHAMBER OF HORRORS. 

THE ORGAN-GRINDER. Dark-complexioned man in very shabby 
dress, with a hand- organ strapped across his shoulders. 

MEDUSA. Tall lady with very long dark hair much disordered, 
dress of white cotton drapery in Grecian style. 

VIOLANTE. Handsome silk dinner dress ; she holds a hug* 
mutton lone. 

VAMPIRE. Tall man in Hack costume with a fine handkerchief 
drawn tightly over the face to resemble a scull ; holds a long 
dagger. 

TIME. Tall man in white tights, $heet drapery, white wig, and 
long beard ; holds a scythe. 

SAVAGE. Dress of Indian Chief, with paint, feathers, and 
blanket. 

THE MAIDEN. Muslin apron, rustic hat and shawl. 

THE SPOILED CHILD. Very fleshy lady, showily dressed^ seated 
on a large rag baby which lies on the chair. 

BEARDED WOMAN. Brilliant silk dress, long black beard. 

RUFFIAN. Large man; red shirt, ragged pants tucked in old 
boots ; holds a dab. 

THE SMILER. A very pretty lady in handsome walking dress. 

THE MAN MONKEY. Very foppish dress, white hat, cane, and 
eye-glass. 

THE HISTORICAL CHAMBER. 

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS. Spanish costume ; holds telescope. 

JOAN OF ARC. White armour waist, red skirt, helmet; holds 
gridiron, steak, and fork. 

ROBINSON CRUSOE. Pointed fur cap, fur coat ; holds umbrella. 

DIOGENES. Ragged cloak and hat ; holds lantern and stands on 

tub. 
^ T Eito. Rich Roman costume ; holds violin. 

ROBIN HOOD. Green frock, sword belt, tights; holds a bout 
and quiver. 

ALEXANDER. Red robe trimmed with ermine ; crown and sword. 

KING ALFRED. Purple robe trimmed with gilt lace; crown / 
has oat-cake. 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 5 

MAN WITH IRON MASK. Black suit with cape; Hack tight- 
fitting mask, 

KING COPHETUA. Rich shaped dress very showily trimmed. 
THE BEGGAR MAID. Very pretty girl in ragged calico dress. 

THE SHAKESPERIAN CHAMBER. 

RICHARD No. 3. Suit of armour; holds sword; sits on a 

rocking horse. 

LADY MACBETH. Long loose white robe; holds candle. 
OPHELIA. White muslin dress covered with flowers ; wreath in 

hand. 

LEAR. Ermine role covered ivtth patches; long white wig / 
holds staff. 

HERMIONE. Statuesque white drapery ; white cotton wig. 

TITANIA. Lovely little girl; white gauze dress, spangled} 

holds wand. 
JULIET. White loose lawn dress ; holds small phial 

FOB MOTIONS, Sfifi HOTS AFTIK EACH DESCRIPTION. 



MRS. JARLETS 

FAR-FAMED 

COLLECTION OF WAXWORKS. 



THE CHAMBER OF BEAUTY, 



MRS. JARLEY'S SPEECH. 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN : you here behold my far-famed 
Chamber of Beauty, which has fascinated the gaze of thousands, 
and caused millions of envious mortals to expire with jealousy, 
at the vain attempt to rival its peerless splendors. All other 
collections are base imitations of this, the only original chamber, 
to obtain beautiful fac-similes for which the entire civilized 
world has been scoured. We shall begin with Cleopatra, the 
beautiful Queen of the Nile, and the beloved of Marc Antony, 
whom she compelled to toe the mark. She holds in one hand 
the costly pearl, with which she preserved her beauty ; and in 
the other, the deadly asp, with which she destroyed it. Having 
been endowed by nature with great personal charms, she spared 
no pains to preserve them. On one occasion sne swallowed a 
massive pearl for this purpose, having first crushed it, which 
was the origin of peari powder. She was a modest young 
female, and inspired the touching lines of Dr. "Watts 
" A violet by a mossy stone, 
Half hidden from the eve." 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 7 

The same poet goes on to tell of the purl, which she loved to 
quaff, as follows 

" Full many a gem of purest ray serene, 
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear." 

Her long life of unassuming usefulness was thus sadly 
brought 'to a close. The Emperor Caesar attempted to seize 
her, and carry her off but she said " she would die before she 
would forsake her Marc." She resolved to take her life as she 
was taken prisoner but to many this would have seemed 
difficult, as she was closely watched. She was very cunning, 
and employed a seedy old Roman peasant called Rusticus, to 
bring her an asp in a basket of figs. This asp is a poisonous 
serpent, and its sting causes immediate death in the course of 
time. She bit herself with it and expired. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up, Cleopatra places the asp 
against her neck with the left, and lifts the pearl to her lips 
with the right hand, continuing the motion twelve times, then 
suddenly stopping ; after which she is lifted back to her place by 
the attendants. 

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY AND THE PRINCE. 

You here behold a young woman of the name of Miss Ann 
S. Tethia, who was remarkable for her great powers of sleeping. 
So remarkable were her talents in this direction, that she has 
been known to fall asleep even in church. One day she was 
induced to take a dose of ether by the advice of a celebrated 
dentist, who advertised " teeth extracted with great pains." 
The ether not being strong enough, however, he was obliged to 
call in a celebrated doctor of divinity, the soporific effect of 
whose discourses no one was able to withstand. Under the 
combined influence of the two opiates, she fell asleep so soundly 
that the report of a cannon, and other gentle means, guch as the 
report of her engagement, failed to rouse b;y although the latter 



8 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

will rouse almost any young lady. She was finally awakened by 
that most cheering of all stimulants, the kiss of love. A young 
Prince happened to pass that way in search of a silent partner, 
for his father's well-known firm of Prince & Co. On behold- 
ing her he was so struck by her quiet beauty that he fell in love 
with her at once. He was looking for a quiet wife ; and, as 
she could not speak, he thought she would answer, and so asked 
her consent at once. He took her lily-white hand in his, and, 
raising it to his lips, imprinted upon it the kiss of true love, at 
which the young woman aroused, and hit him a rousing box on 
the ear, in a truly womanly manner. The Prince was so struck 
by this striking proof of her attachment, that he offered her his 
hand, which she look, and they were married, with great 
solemnity, by the aforesaid D.D., the fair bride taking three 
naps during the ceremony. 
John, wind up the Beauty. 

MOVEMENTS. The Prince lifts the hand to his lips ; the 
Beauty slowly rises, and gives him a blow on the ear ; the whole 
being repeated twelve times. 



QUEEN ELEANOR AND FAIR ROSAMOND. 

This stately personage is Queen Eleanor, who, though sur- 
rounded with every luxury and grandeur, was far from being 
happy, as she was a prey to the green-eyed monster jealousy, 
which has undermined the happiness of many a woman, and in 
its ravages spares neither the palace of pomp or the humble 
hovel of obscurity. This interesting young woman by her side 
is the fair Rosamond, who was far from fair, as &he used all her 
arts to win the affections of the King, who played his cards to 
please her, especially his best bower, as he built for her an in- 
genious labyrinth. Here he concealed his lovely Rose, in order 
that she might "blush unseen" from every eye, especially that 
of Eleanor, the queen of his kingdom, though not of his soul. 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 9 

Jealousy is very searching, as you are probably aware, and the 
Queen sought everywhere for her rival. Finding her at length, 
with great good nature she offered her a choice of the dagger or 
the poisoned bowl. Observe the determined manner in which the 
Queen alternately offers her shrinking victim the deadly doses. 
Fair Rosamond, however, decidedly prefers life even to such a 
royal death. She is supposed to remark, " I would not die in 
spring-time," as she politely declines both queenly offers. 

MOVEMENTS. John winds up these two figures after having 
brought them to the front of the stage. Eleanor turns to Rosa- 
mond, offering in turn the bowl and the dagger, which she 
pushes away. 



JOHN ALDEN AND PRISCILLA. 

This beautiful group illustrates a touching event which oc- 
curred among the aborigines of North America, a small country 
in the unknown region of the New World. Miles Standish, a 
valiant captain of Plymouth, fell in love with the beautiful 
maiden Priscilla, and was very anxious to marry her. Being 
closely confined in camp, he had not time to court, so he re- 
quested his secretary, John Alden, to go and do his courting for 
him. John went much against his will, and did the best he 
could, considering that he was also in love with Priscilla. She, 
like a prudent woman, naturally preferred the present, and 
knowing that the absent captain was Miles away, she inter- 
rupted the urgent arguments which he was making in favour of 
his friend with the arch remark, " Why don't you speak for 
yourself, John ?' John took her advice at once, and spoke so 
well that he became engaged to the fair maiden himself. The 
gallant captain was much enraged at this little episode, which 
he considered a breach of confidence, or rather a pair of breaches, 
as both had conspired to deceive him. But as he could not help 



10 MES. JARLEY'S WAX WORKS. 

it, he concluded to forgive them, and to give them his blessing 
and a pewter platter to begin housekeeping with. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up, Priscilla spins on the wheel 
and casts a loving glance at John Alden, who looks sheepishly 
at her and twirls his hat in his hand. 



"REBECCA AND ROWENA. 

You behold two types of contrasted beauty in these two 
lovely female figures, one very dark and the other very fair. 
Both fell in love with the same man, who made light of the 
feelings of the dark one. If he had been a true knight he 
would have preferred the dark, but he married the light one, and 
kept dark about it. Now Rebecca, the brunette, was a Jew 
and being made sick by the news of the marriage became a Jew 
ill, and acted like one, for instead of yielding to jealousy she 
was so noble as to forgive her rival, whose name was Rowena. 
As soon as she recovered, she took a casket which she did not 
require, having survived her illness. In this she packed all her 
jewels, and packed off to the house of Rowena. Kneeling at 
her feet she said she would give them all for a sight of the face 
that had won her true love away. Rebecca urged so strongly 
that Rowena showed her cheek, and took the jewels. 

MOVEMENT. "When wound up, Rebecca kneels and offers 
casket, which Rowena lifts her veil and accepts. 



ALONZO THE BRAVE AND THE FAIR IMOGENS. 

The unfortunate fate of these tender lovers will always 
warn young ladies against yielding to the too common fault of 
fickleness. The fair Imogene had promised her lover to be 
true to him for ever. He was called away to war ; and, 
being of an anxious temperament, begged his lady to give him 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS, 11 

her promise never to forsake him. On the eve of his departure 
she went so far as to say that she would be true to his memory 
alive or dead, and actually swore, that, if ever she forgot his 
memory, his ghost should come and bear her away to a warmer 
clime. But lovers too often forget their promises ; and, after 
Alonzo departed, Imogene began to flirt a little, "as was her 
nature to." Alonzo was killed in battle ; and, like too many a 
widow, Imogene listened to the pleading of a great baron, and, 
as he was very rich, she promised him her heart and hand. The 
wedding day came, and the guests were assembled, when sud- 
denly the ghost of Alonzo appeared between the bridal couple. 
The baron ran away in fear, and the ghost seized Imogene in 
his cold arms and bore her away down through the floor to 
where I cannot tell. 

In viewing this group, youug ladies must learn not to make 
any promises that they cannot keep, and to follow the good old 
maxim 
" To be off with the old love before you are on with the new." 

John, wind up these figures very gently, as the machinery 
is very delicate, especially that, of the Ghost. 
v [John sets them in motion.] 

MOVEMENT, The Ghost turns to Imogene and opens his 
arms, and she throws up her arms in terror. 



THE GRACCHI. 

You here behold the mother of the Gracchi and her two 
twins, each of whom is a great deal handsomer than the other. 
Their ma was a woman from Rome, N. Y., and consequently very 
high-minded, which a glance at her figure will establish beyond a 
doubt. She was very fond of her children and also of her 
money, which facts the following beautiful little historical legend 
will prove. When travelling in the East with her offspring, she 
was accosted by a philanthropic pedlar and was importuned to 



12 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

purchase a package of prize candy, warranted to contain rich 
jewels and gold. The noble mother embracing her children, 
remarked with scorn, "These are my jewels!" and the boy 
went off much faster than his wares. This instance of devoted 
love and courage forms the only instance upon record of getting 
rid of a car pedlar without buying and getting sold ! 

MOVEMENT. When wound, the Mother embraces her 
Children, who seem inclined to resent this testimony of her 
affection. 



BEATRICE CENCI. 

A young woman of Italian proclivities, about whom 
historians disagree. She was very beautiful, and so naturally 
very fond of admiration. She had acquired the habit of looking 
backward over her shoulder, to see if she were being admired, 
until her head grew so fixed in that position, that it could not 
be moved without turning her whole body : so she was con- 
sidered very stiff-necked by her homely lady friends. Her pic- 
ture was painted in this position by one of the old school-masters 
called Giddy, because his head was also turned by this young 
woman, whose face he painted, although she protested that she 
abhorred " paint 1" As her head could not be turned back into 
its proper position, it was thought best to cut it off, which remedy 
was efficacious, but rather severe. 

MOVEMENT. When wound the attendants attempt to turn 
the head straight, but the body revolves with it* 



MRS. JARLEX'3 WAXWORKS. IB 



THE CHAMBER OE HORRORS, 

MRS. JARLEY'S SPEECH. 

<{ lF you have tears, prepare to shed them now.*' I quote 
these words from another great author as a gentle warning to 
the tender-hearted not to be too much overcome by the sights 
which they are about to see. In this compartment of my vast 
Collection you will find evidences of the weakness and sin of the 
world which will interest and admonish, while they entertain 
and amuse. To many this portion of my Waxworks is the most 
interesting, especially to clergymen and all others who take an 
interest in the errors of their fellow-creatures. I shall begin 
with a description of the most trying and disagreeable of all 
these sinners ; the one who has caused Bible words to rise upon 
pious lips, and has bored the patient to excess. You will at 
once recognise my culminating horror in this disturber of 
domestic peace and destroyer of the placid slumber of old and 
young. Need I name 

THE ORGAN-GRINDER. 

" When Music, heavenly maid ! was young," in a fit of 
indignation at humanity, sue sent forth this monster to afflict 
her fellow-creatures,' and gave him a roving commission to 
wander from hou? j to house, bearing his instrument of torture. 
The wise organ-grinder has a keen sense, which enables him to 
discover the homes of the invalid and nervous, and a steadiness 
of purpose which keeps him firmly at his post until his silence 
is purchased, and he is bribed to move on to the next abode of 
suffering. The crowded streets of the city and secluded lanes 
of the quiet country are alike haunted by these disturbers of 
the public peace, who know so well the value of rest that they 
are determined to get a good price for it. In this specimen you 



14 MES. JARLEY^S WAXWORKS. 

behold a celebrated wanderer, noted for his total disregard of 
t'me, tune, and harmony, who calmly bore his inharmonious 
music in the proud satisfaction of boring others. You would 
also see another monkey which used to accompany him, had 
he not died from want of melody and provisions. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up the organ is ground, and 
emits most discordant strains, and the Musician smiles, as if 
enjoying the music. 

MEDUSA. 

This figure represents a fabled monster of antiquity, who 
seldom combed her hair, which arranged itself in snaky tresses, 
and which had the wonderful power of turning all who beheld 
them into stone. She did very much mischief in this way, 
slaying many tender-hearted people, who became their own 
monuments immediately, and originated the idea of grave- 
stones. Very little is known of her, and that is not very good. 
She made others hard characters, however soft they might be 
before she beheld them. We can draw from her appearance a 
moral lesson of neatness, and I am also requested to state in 
this connection that the best dressing for the hair is the cele- 
brated Kallisten, which renders the roughest locks soft and 
pliable one bottle of which might have prevented all this 
trouble price 1 per bottle, for sale at the door. 

John, wind up this figure. 

MOVEMENT. When wound, Medusa shakes her head 
savagely, and salutes the audience with ^ stony gaze. 



VIOLANTE. 

Here is a moral lesson to the romantic, and will remind all 
not to try to appear better than they rrre. This is Miss Violante, 
a young lady of good family and rjreat wealth^ who was not 
contented with these substantial gif ;s of fortune, but aspired to a 



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reputation for poetry and romance. She knew that there are 
many poor poets, and therefore imagined that all poets were 
poor, and in order to appear romantic she pretended to have a 
most delicate appetite. When in company she would eat very 
sparingly of the most refined viands alone, in order to seem ex- 
quisite in her taste, and would go home from dinner parties in a 
half-famished condition. Then she would rush to the pantry 
and seize some substantial food and devour it with the utmost 
rapacity. A surprise wa,s prepared for her by a treacherous 
servant, which exposed her greediness. The maid opened the 
window of the pantry to the gaze of a susceptible youth who 
had escorted the fair Violante from a refined banquet where she 
had been too fastidious to taste more than a few morsels. He 
was on the point of proposing for her hand, thinking it would 
cost little to keep such a dainty creature. One look upon his 
adorable sylph destroyed at once his budding love and hope. 
He beheld her holding a huge joint of cold meat in her lily- 
white hand, which she gnawed with her pearly teeth and eat 
with the ferocity "of a tigress. All his dreams of economy were 
shattered, and he resolved never again to look upon the fair 
face of his deceiver. Away he rushed, while the unconscious 
Violante devoured her cold mutton with the avidity which her 
self-denial had intensified. This touching story has been 
exquisitely told in poetry by the great lyric poet Mother 
Goose. 

Wind up Violante and let her cievour. 

MOVEMENT. When wound, Violante gnaws the bone with 
great eagerness. 

THE VAMPIRE. 

In this hideous creation of German literature you behold 
another horrible effect of the desire for raw meat. The vampire 
is now very scarce indeed, and in order to procure this figure I 
was compelled to draw heavily on my banker and imagination. 



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He was a great lover of young people and used to suck their 
life-blood whenever he could kill any. His life continued for 
200 years. Having no heart or circulation he was perfectly 
heartless and spared none except spare people- When his 200 
years of life expired he must die, unless he could get the life- 
blood of a young person to drink and also be laid where the rays 
of a new moon could fall upon his body and give him a new 
lease of life. The whole story is probably all moonshine, but 
I purchased this figure in Germany as I wished my Collection to 
be as horrid as possible. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up the Vampire points up to the 
moon and to his mouth with the left hand as if hungry. 

FATHER TIME. 

It is useless to describe this figure, or to tell you what it is, 
for any of you are old enough to know how to tell Time. 
Many have asked how I came to put him into my Chamber of 
Horrors ; I reply, in the words of the great comic poet, Thanny 
Toplis, " Tims cuts down all, both great and small." Yes, Time 
is the great destroyer ! How many of us have vainly hoped that 
we could kill Time, but Time always kills us all in time. Yet 
Time is a great comforter it soothes our sorrows with its 
soothing syrup, and seasons life with its ever-changing months. 
In remembering the steady flight of Time, let us not forget the 
touching hymn 

" Life is a shad oh, how it flies !" 

John, go and get the scythe. We leave it in the van for 
fear of accidents until the time cf exhibiting the figure. Place 
the weapon in the hands of Time, wind him up, and let the 
audience behold his manner of mowing. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up, Time mows faster and faster, 
then suddenly stops. 

Oil him up, JoKn. Time is getting old I 



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THE SAVAGE AND HIS FLYING VICTIM. 

John, bring forth the Savage ! 

Here is a fierce North American Savage, christened by a 
native bard as Mr. Low, in the line " Lo, the poor Indian ! 
And this specimen of the race deserves his title, for his tastes 
are very low, and his whole nature extremely blood-thirsty. 
The fair Maiden was walking in the woods in the pursuit of 
winter geen, one lovely summer day, to make some beer, when 
she came near finding her bier, in the manner which these 
curious conceited figures will exhibit in their actions. 

John, bring forward the Maiden, and adjust the running 
gear. 

When wound, the Maiden flies from the Savage, and 
gathering courage, she chases him back again. This movement 
she continued, until her lover, a bold trapper, who of course 
was near, came up behind and shot Mr. Low, who expired with 
great bravery, for full account of which see the Yellow Novels. 

MOVEMENT. When wound, the Maiden rushes forward five 
steps, the Savage follows her, then runs backward, and is 
pursued by the Maiden. This action is then repeated five times. 



THE RUFFIAN DISARMED BY A SMILE. 

You here behold a personage with which I hope none of 
you are familiar, as the race is now nearly extinct. This is a 
Ruffian, and one who, once upon a time many hundred years 
ago exerted considerable influence in the city government 
of an island called Man-hat-on, until the wise and good laws 
entirely suppressed him. He is introduced into this Collection 
in order to exemplify the power of gentleness over the roughest 
nature. The beautiful young lady by his side is an emblem of 
gentleness, and on one occasion she had the misfortune to offend 
the ruffian. He was about to strike her a heavy blow, but she 



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is saved by what ? A smile ! With great presence of mind 
she turns her lovely countenance toward the hideous monster, 
and smiles her most winning smile. The hard heart is melted, 
the blow falls not, the uplifted arm descends, and she is saved. 
Success to smiles ! Wind them up. 

MOVEMENT. The Ruffian raises his club and is about to 
strike, the lady smiles, the arm falls powerless by his side. 



THE SPOILED CHILD. 

This set of figures illustrates a melancholy accident by which 
a charming family was brought to mourn the loss of a lovely 
innocent, through the carelessness of a maid servant. This 
servant was hired to take charge of the tender infant, the pride 
and hope of the family aforesaid, and she was carrying it in her 
arms and chanting a lullaby, to the soothing melody of which 
and Godfrey's cordial it had gradually sank into a profound 
slumber. In a thoughtless moment she gazes out of the window 
and beholds her lover, a noble policeman, gazing wistfully up to 
the window. Inspired by love she lays the infant enclosed in 
its blanket upon an easy chair and runs down to appoint an 
evening meeting with her faithful lover. Alas, at the opposite 
door a worthy aunt of the babe enters. The day is warm, over- 
powered by the heat, the heavy matron backs up to the easy 
chair, sits down, and the sleeping babe is spoiled. All its young 
hopes crushed by family cares. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up, the Old Lady fans herself, 
rises and -sits down. 

THE BEARDED WOMAN. 

In this singular freak of nature you distinguish the Bearded 
Woman ; and you naturally say, " Which attribute of man will 
the usurping woman claim for her own next ? They have tried 
to gain possession of the positions of honour, business, and 



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labour so long considered the exclusive right of man and 
now this personage has bearded the lion in his den, and assumed 
the hirsute adornments of whiskers and moustache." This spe- 
cimen is copied from the actual Bearded Woman, who was a 
great living curiosity, and was carried about in a tent, year after 
year, and was the delight of little shavers, as well as of the aged 
greybeards. See the lovely contrast, as depicted here the 
gentle beauty of the fair sex, ornamented with the strength and 
glory of manhood. Who can gaze unmoved upon the spectacle 
without also aspiring to be heir to such tender beauty ? It is 
barbarous to envy the gifts of another, so we will wind up this 
figure, and carry her back out of the reach of inspiring this 
temptation. 

MOVEMENT. When wound, the figure combs out her beard. 

THE MAN-MONKEY. 

Here you behold a figure which is all too common in our 
midst, the wonderful union of a man and his ancestral monkey, 
that it is indeed hard to distinguish when the man begins and 
the monkey ends, if, indeed, it ends at all. Darwin says the 
monkey is a parent to us all, if not in us all ; but in this dandi- 
fied figure the descent seems to be very decidedly from the 
monkey. The common ape would blush to ape the manners of 
&uch as he, and would make a better figure in intelligent society. 
Th 3 monkey has been well described by a travelling naturalist in 
these words, " The orang-outang lives on the top of the highest 
trees and picks nuts with his tail, which is his principal food." 
P>ut the man monkey has not the good taste to keep out of sight, 
but walks the streets and stands at corners sucking his cane and 
squinting through his eye-glass at the ladies, of whom he is the 
disgust and horror, for which reason I have added this complete 
specimen to my chamber, and wish his whole race could be 
wound up as easily as he can be. 

MOVEMENT. When wound, he lifts his eye-glass and sucks 
ne. 



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THE HISTORICAL CHAMBER. 



MUS. JARLEY'S SPEECH. 

MANY people have supposed that the mission of waxworks is 
only to amuse and to wile away the fleeting hour ; far from it I 
"We are inspired to quote from the works of Burke commonly 
called the Sublime. In verse the twenty-third, chapter ninth, of 
his greatest work the Odyssey occur these words, "Wax 
figures elevates the mind, refines the taste, and cultivates the 
understanding." Yes my hearers ! mark these last expressions ! 
cultivates the understanding! for it is to this express purpose 
that the chamber which you now behold is devoted. In order 
to cultivate your understanding we have prepared, without regard 
to any expense, these life-like models of many personages noto- 
rious in history, each one of which will be illustrated and ex- 
plained in such a manner as to instruct as well as interest. 
History should never be made dull. Parents and teachers are 
urgently requested to bring their tender charges to this show at 
reasonable charges, so that while the pupils of their dear eyes 
dilate with wonder and astonishment, their pupils' ideas may 
expand in a like manner, and their young hearts thrill with wonder 
as their minds gather wisdom day by day as it were from every 
passing figure. 

We shall U j gin with the greatest discoverer of ancient 
times except Paul Pry himself, viz. 

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, 

and by listening very attentively to the description of this figure, 
you will discover many facts that you never knew before or 
any one else. 



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John bring out this figure very 5 1 refully, as it is very old. 
Now go and get his telescope and adjust it properly, while 
I proceed to describe him, giving many facts which I have 
learned from a very truthful historian, named Lieman. 

Christopher Columbus was the son of his parents, who were 
very strict, and made him walk Spanish, to use an Americanism. 
He therefore took French leave and ran away to see what he could 
see. He came to Court and offered himself to Queen Isabella 
as a man who was fully capable of discovering America or any 
place she chose. His whole family were discoverers, his own 
name was Columbus, his oldest brother Omnibus discovered the 
coaches which bear his name and a great many passengers. 
His younger brother by accident discovered the Blunderbus, a 
firearm which still bears his name. The Queen was so much 
pleased with his modest account of his discovering powers that 
she furnished him with money for his journey. He set sail in 
the year 1492 in a schooner bound for Boston with a load of 
Spanish mackarel. Being troubled with head winds he was 
carried out of his course and landed at Cuba. Here he was 
received with great ceremony by the natives, as he had taken 
the precaution to send an ocean telegram in advance. The 
Chief advanced to the edge of the beach, tastefully consumed in a 
paper collar, and called out " Whence comest thou ?" A voice 
was heard in reply across the waves from the deck of the vessel 
" I am Christopher Columbus, sent by the Queen of Spain to 
discover America." " Welcome, discoverer of America," said the 
savage, whose name waa !?tmoset. He then travelled all over 
the United States, a journey of great danger, especially over the 
western railroads, and spent the night in twenty-three towns, all 
of which now bear his name. Upon his return he called upon 
the Queen, and presented her husband the King with a sugar 
cane, with which sweet present they were so much pleased, that 
their majesties invited him to make his home in the palace, and 
loaded him with riches and 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

Wind up Christopher, and let him discover. 
MOVEMENT. When wound up he lifts the glass to his 
and looks through it. 



JOAN OF ARC, 

A zealous advocate of the rights of women, a brave soldier,, 
and a heroine of the first water, whence she was called Jo ANN 
OF ARK. She began life in the humble capacity of chamber-maid 
at an inn. Being of a restless temperament she used to dream 
singular dreams, in which she saw lights, angels, and other high 
livers, one of whom brought her a sword as a present and 
directed her to fight for her country. She placed herself at the 
head of the army, and as women always lead men, she succeeded 
finely, and liberated her country from the foreign foe. Being at 
last so unfortunate as to fall into the hands of her enemies she 
was burned at the stake. To justify this act of cruelty they 
pretended that she was a witch, as no common woman could 
have beaten them without assistance. It is a pity that many of 
the women who try to lead men and aspire to quit their natural 
sphere of labour, should not be able to take warning by her 
fate, though, perhaps, burning stakes are too warm punishments- 
even for them. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up, she turns over a steak on a 
gridiron. 



ROBINSON CRUSOE, THE HERMIT AND 
PHILOSOPHER. 

You here behold a personage who was thrown ashore on & 
desert island, and managed to get along in a most remarkable 
manner by the assistance of a ship, which had the good-nature 
to be wrecked just as often as he wished for anything. This 
ship seemed to be loaded with an assorted cargo of everything 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 23 

on earth, which the wild waves washed up to his feet as often 
as he could think of any article which he needed. He had a 
man named Friday, who was not as unlucky as his name would 
seem to indicate, for he brought good luck to Robinson, and all 
his wood and water, too. In fact Friday appears to have done 
most of the work, leaving his master much leisure to moralise 
on the "footprints on the sands of time" and on many subjects 
of a like nature. He was visited on one occasion by a boat-load 
of savage cannibals, who invited him to occupy the chief place 
at a feast on the board ! He sent his regrets, however, in the 
shape of a charge of buckshot, which the natives received with 
much regret. The only society he had was that of goats aud 
monkeys, which abound too much in most social gatherings. 
He first invented the umbrella, which would have been a good 
thing if not such a transitory possession. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up, he opens aud shuts his 
umbrella. 



NERO. 

A Roman Emperor of very low tastes, a bold, bad man, of 
cruel and vicious habits. He was a great persecutor of the Early 
Christians, whom he tortured in many ways. Such as devouring 
them with wild beasts ; covering them with tar, which he set on 
fire to illuminate his grounds, thus making light of their suf- 
ferings. In order to torment a great many at one time, who 
were not his prisoners, he learned to play on the violin, with 
which instrument of torture he delighted to torment his fellow- 
creatures. He was very fond of fires, as he held no insurance 
stock, and one day he set the city on fire, in order to gather a 
crowd of people together. He then mounted upon the roof of 
his palace shed, and poured forth such strains of music from his 
shrieking violin that the people stopped their ears, and went 



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away much faster than they came. In this figure you can sea 
him as he stands, with his fiddle in his hands. 

M His fire-eye in frenzy rolling, 
Like a belle his bow controlling ; 
When all patience you may lose, 
You would think the feline muse 
Angry at her lost internal, 
Sent from it these sounds infernal." 

MOVEMENT. ^When wound, he fiddles furiously, rolling his 
head from side to side. 



DIOGENES. 

This singular mortal lived in a tub of Greece, not because 
he was a fat man, but because he chose a tub to live in to save 
house rent, which was very high in Greece at the time. He 
was a cynic, which is a very disagreeable person, who goes about 
finding fault with his neighbours. He used to carry a lighted 
lantern in his hand ; and, when people asked him for a reason 
for such light behaviour, he said that he was looking for an 
honest man. Greece must have been a very bad place indeed 
at that epoch. Diogenes ought to have gone among the brokers 
of New York and London, especially those who deal in gold and 
copper stocks, if he wanted to find honest men, proof against 
temptation and corruption of all sorts. Diogenes belongs to 
that very numerous class the poor and proud, and was more 
proud of his rags than many rich men of their best clothes. 
This figure warns us never to criticise others, lest we may be 
found more at fault than those whose conduct we condemn. 

Wind him up, John. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up, Diogenes whirls round on 
his heel in the tub, and lifts up his lantern. 



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ROBIN HOOD. 

A green youth, who inhabited the greenwood and lived in 
great simplicity for many years cultivating his sentimental tastes 
in the pursuit of his deer. During the time of innocence he 
was known as Robert, but his name was afterwards changed to 
Robin because he took to robbing all travellers who passed 
through the forest. He amassed much wealth in this manner, 
and a taste for high living gave place to his former simple habits 
He kept a celebrated cook whom he named Fryer John, on 
account of the skill with which he could fry pancakes, a favourite 
woodland delicacy. In this act Fryer John attained such skill 
that he could toss the cake in such a manner that it would turn 
in the air and come down into the griddle right side up with 
care. Robin Hood was celebrated for telling long stones, which 
were seldom accurate, and also for shooting with a bow six feet 
in length, so at last these two accomplishments became syno- 
nymous, and drawing the long bow denoted an extravagant 
statement. You here behold him in the act of shooting at a 
distant traveller for the purpose of robbing. 

MOVEMENT. When wound, he draws the bow and takes 
aim. 

ALEXANDER THE GREAT. 

Celebrated for his enormous size, and also for the size he 
manifested upon the occasion of one of his greatest battles in 
which he had conquered all the neighbours. On the eve of this 
great victory, he was observed to be snivelling and rubbing his 
eyes with his battle-stained fists. His generals gathered around 
the weeping mourner, exclaiming with one accord, " Why weepest 
thou, Alexander the Great? baby" (this last remark they 
uttered very low, however) Alexander sobbed out, " I weep 
because I have no more worlds to conquer ! " This figure is 
here introduced to show the folly of ambition. Here is Alexander, 



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the conqueror of all the known world, weeping for new worlds, 
to conquer Now this is folly ! He should have learned modesty 
from me. This famous Show has travelled all over the known 
world, delighting the hearts of all, conquering every criticism, 
and overcoming all obstacles, but I do not sit down and weep, 
but quietly travel over the same world, gathering sixpences and 
the golden opinions of all who have the honour to behold the 
stupendous Collection. 

Wind up Alexander, and let him weep. 

MOVEMENT. When wound, Alexander rubs his eyes and 
weeps. 



KING ALFRED. 

This figure is introduced to teach the importance of one of 
the noblest arts ever learned by man, and one to which he owes 
his very living. I refer to the art of cooking, the most useful as 
well as the most difficult of all. Here you see Royalty himself 
engaged in this noble pursuit. This is King Alfred of Britain, 
who had the prosperity of his people so much at heart, that he 
was always willing to help even the humblest. One day he 
was passing the humble cottage of a poor peasant, when his 
kingly nose being as usual turned up, he perceived the order of 
fire. Rushing into the room his horror-struck eye beheld the 
oat-cake which was baking for supper in the act of burning. 
At the peril of his royal fingers he seized the flaming mass, 
dropped it into a pan of water, took up his royal sceptre again, 
and marched out with great dignity and a scorched thumb. 

Wind him up, John, and get the cake. 

MOVEMENT. King Alfred drops the cake, which Jokn 
keeps putting into his right hand. 



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THE MAN WITH THE IRON MASK. 
I can tell you very little about the person represented by 
this figure, because no one knows what was his name and whence 
he came. Many years ago two men, probably in the hardware 
line, brought this unfortunate person to a castle containing a 
gloomy dungeon, into which they thrust him, having first con- 
cealed his features with an iron mask. They would never reveal 
who he was or anything about him. He never spoke to the 
time of his death, or even afterwards, and conjecture alone can 
find a reason for his strange imprisonment. Some suppose that 
he was a prisoner of state, some that he had been crossed in 
love, and others think that he was so homely that he did not 
wish to be seen ; but the mask was never lifted, and probably 
never will be. 

When I wind the machinery, you see he still possesses a 
steel incognito. 

MOVEMENT. He shakes his head in a mysterious manner. 



KING COPHETUA AND THE BEGGAR-MAID. 

" Love rules the camp, the court, the bower." as has been 
well said by another, and this exhibition favours all sweet and 
tender ebullitions of refined sentiment. Who will now steel his 
or her heart against the little god of love who tries to steal it, 
when he sees by this lovely group that even Royalty bows before 
its gentle power, This King beheld this lovely maiden clad in 
the rags of poverty, but was so struck with her gentle beauty 
that he gladly laid his crown and fortune at her bare feet. She 
was overcome by this strong evidence of his attachment, but 
could not resist his offer when backed by such inducements, 
and she kindly consented to bestow upon him her fair though 
somewhat dirty hand, and for his sake to assume the responsi- 
bility of the kingdom and palace. See her lovely smile as she 



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coyly consents to become his Queen. Every true lover should 
seern a king in the eyes of a true maiden, and vice versa. I 
remember well when Mr. Jarley, the original proprietor of this 
exhibition, proposed to me but private feeling must yield to 
public duty, and I refrain. 

Wind them up, John. 

MOVEMENT. The King kneels and lifts her hand, the Maiden 
looks away coyly. 



THE SHAKESPERIAN CHAMBER, 



MRS. JARLEY'S SPEECH. 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN : This portion of my collection I never 
approach without a feeling of silent awe. These figures ema- 
nated from the brain of the. Bard of Avon, one of the most 
popular of the modern poets. The first one which we shall 
exhibit to your wondering eyes is 

RICHARD No. 3, 

who was devoted to number 1. He is represented on horse- 
back, on account of his fondness for horseflesh, as he once 
offered his whole kingdom for one of these valuable animals. 



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He was fond of children, two of whom he put out of their 
misery when they were in prison. He was a brave soldier 
though afraid of ghosts, and very successful with the fair sex r 
though far from attractive in person. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up he waves his sword above 
his head, and rocks violently on the horse. 



LADY MACBETH. 

A lady of large body and mind, especially the former. She 
was very ambitious and spared no pains to carry out her plans,, 
to insure the success of which she sacrificed her peace of mind, 
and several of her husband's relations. She was a good house- 
keeper, as she went about by night trying to keep things clean 
and in order ; she was very neat, as a spot on her hands kept 
her awake. Like most strong-minded women, she had a very 
weak husband, and had great trouble in inducing him to obey 
all her instructions. She was not hospitable however, as she 
had a way of murdering her guests in order to advance the 
interests of her husband, which devotion to his interest was 
rather unfortunate for them. She holds a candle and seems to 
be looking for spots upon her hands, although her eyes are 
closed in sleep. 

MOVEMENT. When wound up she raises the candle and 
glides forward. 



OPHELIA. 

A fair maiden of Denmark who became crazy through dis- 
appointed love. Her lover had encouraged her to hope for love 
in a hamlet, and she learned that he was full of aspirations for a 
palace. She was so overcome by this discovery that she died of 
a broken heart, which, with the help df & hrckea bough, ended 



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her days. She was holding to the branch of a willow tree, try- 
ing to gain courage to drown herself, when the branch broke ? 
and she fell into the brook over which it hung, catching a vio- 
lent cold in the head, which hurried her to the grave. Just 
before her death she attempted a little business as a flower girl 
with fair success. Hamlet 'was overcome with sorrow at her 
early death, which manly grief he showed by fighting with her 
only brother at her grave to decide which was the greatest 
mourner. You aeo that she is kneeling and offering flowers to 
the passers by. 

MOVEMENT. When wound Ophelia kneels, and seems to be 
strewing flowers. 

KING LEAR. 

A model of female gratitude and devotion which possesses 
deep interest to all family groups. 

King Lear had three daughters, two of whom were so cross 
to him, that they drove him out of house and home, so that he 
wandered a lunatic over the face of the earth. His youngest 
daughter Cordelia was so kind and gentle, that when she heard 
of her father's disappearance, she followed him and brought him 
back to reason by her loving tenderness. He was named Lear 
for the grimaces which he made when out of his head. Let all 
young ladies take warning from this figure, that a cross temper 
will destroy the happiness of even a palace, and nothing makes 
a man so mad as a fretting and discontented woman. 

Wind him up, John, and let him leer. 

HERMIONE. 

A wonderful example of what a woman can do. This beau- 
tiful lady succeeded in holding her tongue, and keeping perfectly 
still for six weeks, an example of heroic self-denial never before 
attained by one of her sex. Her husband was gone to the war 



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and she was supposed to be dead, but in reality she was dis- 
guised as a statue of herself, and stood behind a curtain for 
hours so still, that the people did not suspect that she was alive, 
which is very strange, as some people have supposed my 
wonderful Wax Statuary to be alive, so closely does it copy 
nature. When her husband came home he was told of her 
death. Instead of looking for a successor he asked to see her 
statue, and expressed his love so warmly that the stone 
apparently melted and fell into his outstretched arms. 

MOVEMENT. When wound Hermione raises her arms and 
bends forward. 

TITANIA. 

A beautiful little sprite, the Queen of the Fairies. Her 
husband, Oberon, being angry with her, caused her to fall in 
love with a stupid clown, whom he had first adorned with the 
head of an ass. This story delicately shows that love often 
makes an ass of people, and that even an ass becomes an object 
of affection to those whom the little god of love blinds with his 
fatal arrow. So do not fail to learn wisdom from this fair pro- 
duct of the poet's brain. Young ladies, beware how you fall in 
love, lest the object of your affections may make an ass of him- 
self. Nothing personal is meant, so do not rile, young gentle- 
men ; it would be impossible to make an ass of you, for nature 
has rendered it impossible by her original work. The eyes of 
the fair Titania were finally opened, and she was glad to return 
to the forgiving affection of her own lord. 

MOVEMENT. When wound, Titania waves her wand and 
dances lightly 

JULIET, 

The loveliest ot her cx, and the truest of womankind. 
Many men loved her, but she was faithful to her Romeo even 
to the death. In order to be united to her banished lord she 



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took a dose of morphine, and consented to be laid in the silent 
tomb. Here she was found by Romeo and her other lover from 
Paris, where they had a fight in which both were killed, so with 
the same dagger that her lover had used she slew herself and 
died in his company, the whole forming a tableaux of horror 
even for a tomb. As you now behold her she is just raising the 
sleeping potion to her lips : and the moral of the whole is, 
never take opiates, for if you wish to sleep well, you must rise 
with the lark and work hard all day long, 

MOVEMENT. When wound up, she raises the pliial to hr 
lips and yawns. 



MBS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

CONTENTS OF PART I. 

Chinese Giant Two-headed Girl Sewing Woman Mrs. Winslow 
Captain Kidd Victim Mermaid Maniac Dwarf Siamese Twins- 
Boy that stood on the Burning Deck Blue Beard Signorini Squallini 
Jack Spratt Mrs. Jack Spratt Lord Byron Childe Harold Lire 
Yankee Old-fashioned Sewing Machin e Cannibal Bachelor Lady 
Love Mother Goose Little Bo-Peep The Giggler .Old King Cole- 
The Contraband Babes in the Wood Fair One with Golden Locks. 

To which is added the following novel collection of 

ANTiaUE MARBLES. 
Jupiter Juno Bacchus >lir>evva Apo]lo--Hebe Mara and Cnpi& 



MRS. JARLEY'S 

FAR-FAMED COLLECTION OP 

WAXWORKS 



PART III. 



BY 

W. GURNEY BENHAM. 



With Jull directions for their Arrangement, Positions, Move- 
ments, Costumes, and Properties. 



LONDON : 
SAMUEL FRENCH, 

PUBLISHER, 

89. STRAND. 



NEW YORK : 
SAMUEL FRENCH & SON, 

PUBLISH! RS, 

28, WEST 23RD STREET. 



PREFACE. 

THERE is scarcely any form of amateur entertainment sc 
successful, so simple, and so generally suited to the requirements 
of amateur performers, as the representation of "Mrs. 
Jarley's Waxworks." Comparatively little dramatic knowledge 
is necessary, scenery and other elaborate accessories are 
dispensed with, 110 speaking is required, except from Mrs 
Jarley herself, and the audience is kept continuously amused 
and interested with but slight labour or effort on the part of 
the performers. 

The most important essentials in a well-conducted represen- 
tation are : (1) An efficient Mrs. Jarley ; (2) effective costumes 
and careful make-up j (3) a good light ; (4) adequate rehearwal. 

Mrs. Jarley may be represented by a lady or gentleman, and 
the delivery of her speeches should be carefully studied before- 
hand, the various descriptions being committed to memory. 
Mrs. Jarley should have a very large poke bonnet, plentifully 
lulomed with flowers ; an old-fashioned dress, with such suitable 
accessories as a bright shawl, white gloves, tfcc.; and she should 
carry a small basket containing her bottle and handkerchief. 
A large umbrella of the Gamp genus will be found most 
appropriate and convenient for pointing out the figures as they 
are described. 

As to the costumes of the figures it is important that they 
should be bright and showy. In making up the faces, plenty 
of white powder may be used, with vivid patches of rouge upon 
the cheeks, the eyelashes and eyebrows being boldly touched up 
with well-defined pencilling. This will be found to give the 
general effect of waxwork. 

Limelight is useful though not at all indispensable. Where 
footlights are not available, a sufficient number of lamps should 
be obtained to throw a strong light upon the stage. 

In rehearsing it is important that the figures should go 
through their movements in costume, and the best method of 
representation is to show the waxworks in groups of from eight 
to twelve figures, or more, according to the size of the stage. 
On the curtain rising the figures are discovered, and each is 
described separately, and put through its movements after each 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 3 

description. At rehearsal special pains should be taken to 
determine the exact position of each figure in the group, and 
they should be so arranged that all are seen when the curtain 
rises, whilst it is also important that the arrangement should 
be harmonious as to colour and general effect. 

Mrs. Jarley should have two capable assistants, who should 
be in liveries, distinguishing them completely from the waxwork 
figures. They may, to increase the contrast, black their faces. 
They should be provided with small toy rattles, which will give 
the effect of winding ; also with large oilcans, screwdrivers, 
mallets and feather brushes, with all of which amusing by-play 
may be improvised. 

It is desirable that they should carry most of the figures 
forward before description. The figure should stand stiffly, 
keeping the eyes steadily fixed, and should be lifted under the 
;ir*iis. This should be carefully rehearsed. Before winding 
up, the arms may be worked up and down by the attendants, 
and the oilcan and screAvdriver applied. The movements of 
each figure should commence and end with suitable pianoforte 
accompaniment, and this should be practised at rehearsal, so as 
to define the exact time and number of the " jerks " with which 
the movement is accomplished. 

While the descriptions are all humorous, it is not necessary 
that all the figures should be ludicrous. On the contrary, it adds 
to the variety and enjoyment of the entertainment to introduce 
a few specimens which are free from burlesque. Between tho 
groups singing or recitations should be given. 

W G. BENHAM. 



4 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

CHARACTERS, COSTUMES, & PROPERTIES. 

Grace Darling. Fisher girl's dress. Holds an oar which 
may either be brightly painted, or decorated with coloured 
paper Page & 

Simple Simon. Peaked cap, Tam-o'-Shanter, or charity school 
boy's cap. Hair brushed over forehead. Tight boy's 
jacket, or holland pinafore; knickerbockers, socks, and 
slippers Page 9 

Queen Elizabeth. High headdress, crown, pearls, feathers, 
&c. Large frilled collar. Sumptuous Elizabethan robes, 
chains, Arc. Sceptre in left hand. . . Page l6 

Uncle Tom. Negro with white woolly wig. White jacket and 
trousers and coloured waistcoat ; bones . Page 1 1 

Gipsy Queen. Rich Oriental dress ; holds cards in her hand. 
Dark complexion. Necklaces of coins,beads,ctc. Page 12 

Gipsy King. Black wig, falling over eyes. Brigand hat and 
feather. Stained complexion and threatening expression. 
Loose coloured jacket, bright waistcoat and neckerchief. 
Corduroy breeches and bright stockings. Carries a large 
and heavy club . . . . . . Page 12 

Jack Horner. Pointed paper cap; boy's modern kiiicker- 
bocker suit. Sits cross-legged and holds a large pie on his. 
lap, with one hand in it, and a large plum attached to the 
thumb. He may be seated either on a table, or at the 
corner of the stage . . . . Page 13- 

Shakespeare. Bald head, light pointed beard, and curling 
moustaches. Elizabethan costume, from the breast of 
which appears a bottle labelled " Embrocation." In his 
right hand a large quill pen ; and in his left, which may 
be resting on a pedestal, a long scroll of thick paper or 
cardboard ....... Page 13 

Flwa. Wears a wreath of flowers on her head ; loose white 
dress without sleeves, garlanded with flowers. In her right 
hand a cornucopia full of flowers. . . Page 1 4 

Dr. Watts. Long white curled wig. Black gown and white 
bands. White cotton gloves. In his right hand a large 
bumble bee on a piece of elastic ; in the other an 
artificial flower ...... P' l ge 15 

John Bull. High hat with broad brim. Swallow-tail coat. 



MRS. JARLEY S WAXWOUKS. 5 

White or flowered waistcoat; frilled shirt front; high collars; 
knee breeches and top-boots. Long purse in right hand, 
and heavy stick in the other . . . Page 16 

Queen of Hearts. Crown; white dress covered with red 
hearts, and trimmed with ermine. She stands at a table 
with pastry-board and rolling-pin before her Page 17 

Knave of Hearts. Black moustache. Red hat and feather. 
White tunic covered with red hearts. Red tights or stock- 
ings, A large bag hanging at his side. . Page 17 

Ancient Mariner. Sailor costume. White wig and beard. 
Wears black patch over one eye. Hanging round his 
neck a goose or other large bird. In his hand a cross-bow. 

Pags 17 

Miss Brooker. Girl's short dress, with pinafore. Hair 
down. Holds large jar, with carving fork . Page 18 

Robert Bruce. Scotch costume or uniform. Holds a piece 
of elastic with large spider attached . . Page 19 

JZadkiel. Pointed white coat covered with cabalistic signs. 
White beard and wig. Long loose gown to his feet, with 
large sleeves. May be trimmed with fur or other material 
and covered richly with astronomical signs, cut from gold 
and silver and coloured paper. A large quill pen behind 
the ear, and old-fashioned spectacles . . Page 20 

Mr. Pickivick. Bald head. Swallow-tail coat. White waist- 
coat, high boots, ifec., as in illustrations . Page 21 

Mrs. J5ardeW. Large loose flowered dress, and white frilled 
cap, tied under chin. A bunch of heavy keys hanging 
from her waist. Apron .... Page 21 

William Tell. Large hat and feather. Coloured tunic with 
bugle by his side. Coloured tights. Bow and arrow, 
and apple ....... Page 22 

Britannia. White loose dress with bare arms and neck. 
Sash of red, white, and blue may be introduced. A high 
helmet. Trident and oval shield, the latter with a Union 
Jack painted on it cr strained over it . . Page 22 

Ally Sloper. Make up from pictures. Bald head ; receding 
forehead, large red nose; shabby swallow-tail coat; 
bright waistcoat ; large tie ; short trousers ; small cotton 
gloves. Carries large gig umbrella . . Page 23 



6 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

The Black Prince. Complete suit of armour with sword and 
shield, all trimmed with black. Three black feathers in 
helmet. Very dark and forbidding face. A black repre- 
sentation of skull and crossbones may be introduced on 
his shield or breast plate .... Page 24 

The Claimant. Very stout man. Ordinary black modern 
coat ; lay-down collar ; large shirt front ; light waistcoat 
and ordinary trousers. Holds a bottle labelled "Anti- 
Fat" Page 25 

Maiden All Forlorn. Large straw hat, milk-maid's dress, 
with pinafore. Sits on three-legged stool with head 011 
her hand. Milk pail by her side. . . Page 26 

Man all Tattered and Torn. A battered high hat. Very 
ragged and shabby black frock coat buttoned to his chin ; 
no collar or tie ; a very short and tattered pair of trousers, 
and an old pair of boots. Stands behind the Maiden. 

Page 2G 

Henry VIII. Very stout man. Large feathered hat, worn on 
one side. Short sandy beard, with whiskers and mous- 
tache. Rich velvet tunic, over which he wears a royal 
ermine trimmed cape. Several large gilded or brass chains 
upon his neck, from which hang six large gilded lockets. 
Black stockings and buckle shoes. Sword . Page 26- 

Aladdin. Chinese straw hat with broad brim. Pig-tail. Gay 
tunic, coloured stockings, and large Chinese shoes. Holds. 
a lamp in one hand and a coloured handkerchief in the 
other ........ Page 27 

Penelope. Classical drapery and headdress. Sits upon a low 
chair or stool with wool-work on her lap . Page 28 

Guy Fawkes. Brigand's hat and feather; black wig and 
beard ; red nose and black patches about face ; wears any 
disreputable or eccentric clothes, with a hump behind and 
before. Patches of straw here and there as if he were 
stuffed with it. May be seated on a small barrow covered 
with straw, and carried forward ; a short clay pipe in his 
mouth. Large imitation match-box and match Page 20 

Cinderella. Wears her hair down ; a pretty collarette ; plain 
dress with white apron ; holds a broom as if about to sweep. 

P;i#e 2S) 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 7 

William Rfus. Very long red hair. Handsome coloured 
tunic, -\\ ith chains round his neck.- High boots. Wears 
sword or dagger, and carries bow and arrow ; holds a toy 
bugle in his hand. A very huge arrow is represented as 
sticking neatly into his left side . . . Page 30 

Deceased Mr. Jarley. A high hat, slightly on one side ; red 
nose, ifcc. ; an ordinary black coat with bright flowered 
waistcoat, and gorgeous neck-tie. Ordinary light trousers. 
Holds a large glass which may be painted black insida to 
represent stout ...... Page 31 

Jasper Packlemirton. Swallow-tail coat. High hat on one 
side ; light waistcoat ; knee-breeches, and top-boots. Long 
black whiskers ...... Page 32 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 



PART I. CONTAINS 

Chamber of Beauty : Opening 
Speech of Mrs. Jarley Sleeping 
Beauty and the Prince Queen 
Eleanor and Fair Rosamond John 
Alden and Priscilla Rebecca and 
Rowena Alonzo the Brave and 
Fair Imogene The Gracchi 
Beatrice Cenci. Chamber of Horrors: 
Mrs. Jarley's Speech Medusa 
Violante Vampire Father Time 
Savage and his Flying Victim 
Ruffian disarmed by a Smiie 
Spoiled Child Bearded Woman 
Man Monkey. Historical Chamber: 
Mrs. Jarley's Speech Joan of Arc 
Robin Hood Alexander the Great 
Robinson Crusoe King Alfred 
Diogenes Man with the Iron Mask 
Nero King Cophetua and the 
Beggar Maid. Shakcsperean Cham- 
ber : Mrs. Jarley's Speech Lady 
Macbeth Titania Ophelia 
.Tnliet King Lear Hennione 
R:ch ird III. 



PART II. CONTAINS 

Little Nell John and Peter 
The Chinese Giant Mrs. Jack 
Sprat Two-headed Girl Lord 
Byron Sewing Woman Childe 
Harold Mrs. Winslow The Live 
Yankee Captain Kidd The Old- 
fashioned Sewing Machine Victim 
The Cannibal The Mermaid- 
The Bachelor The Maniac Hb 
Lady Love The Siamese Twins 
Mother Goose The Boy that stood 
on the Burning Deck Little Bo- 
Peep The Giggler The Dwarf 
Old King Cole Blue Beard The 
Contraband Signorina Squallini 
Babes in the Wood Jack Sprat- 
Little Red Riding Hood Fair Ono 
with Golden Locks. The Antique 
Chamber: (lately added) Models 
represented : Jupiter Juno 
Bacchus Minerva Apollo Heba 
Mars Cupid . 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 



OPENING SPEECH. 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I have the honour to show before 
you my bewildering collection of waxworks, which, though I say 
it which shouldn't, is, without exception, one of the most wonder- 
ful and atrocious sights to be seen in this mortal vale. I have 
shown them to all the crowned Kings of Eurip, Asia, Africa, 
America, and the adjoining countries. But this is the proudest 
moment of my life, for long has it been the hope and amputation 
of my existence to visit this pleasing city, so justly celebrated, 
all the world over, for the beauty, virtue, and wisdom of its 
inhabitants but which I'm sure they far exceed anything 
which I had ever achieved. In fact this seems to be just the 
kind of place where I shouldn't mind settling down. For if 
anything could again induce me to enter into the bounds of 
holy matrimony, it would be one of those nice, handsome, single 
gentlemen, as appear to be so abundant in this charming town. 
I have added a number of fresh specimens to my collection 
especially for this evening's entertainment, and I shall give you 
the auto-geography of each stupengious marvel, separately for 
your inflammation. They will all go through their motions, 
when wound up, in a most natural manner, so much so that 
some persons have falsely supposed them to be endowed with 
sense, which I can assure you is not the case. In fact if any 
or lady or gentleman doubts my word, they may, as far as I 
am concerned, after the entertainment is over, run a pin into 
any of the figures that they may select for that privilege, on 
payment, to me, of half-a-crowii each. But let that pass ! The 
dresses, as you will observe, are all of the most scrumptuous 
description, and have been obtained quite disregardless of ex- 
pense, being the original dresses worn by the characters them- 
selves. Without any further preliminary illusions, I will at 
once commence my descriptions. 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 9 

GRACE DARLING. 

This young lady is Grace Darling, and I am proud to be 
able to relate that she belonged to the same ancient sex as 
Mrs. Jarley. She was a credit to it in every way, being one 
of the most distinguished women that ever walked this vale of 
sorrows. She was a very excellent sailor, which is more than 
I can say for myself, owing to which fact I have never attemp- 
ted to emulate her remarkable example in going over the 
raging billows in the very roughest weather to rescue sea-sick 
seamen. She was, as you will observe, of a dark complexion, 
though she lived in a light-house. She used to go out rowing 
with her father, and on one occasion rescued a large number oi 
unfortunate men, steering clear of the rocks and breakers as 
only a woman can. She was, as you will allow, particularly 
fortunate in possessing such a pleasing name, but as the great 
immortial bard humorously remarks: 

What's in a name ? A nose by any other name, 
Would smell equally well, if not better. 

Grace Darling received many offers of marriage, notwith 
standing the fact that it was well known that the man who 
rowed in the same boat with her would have to look out for 
squalls and. stormy weather. Grace, however, never married, 
in which course of conduct, in my humble opinion, she showed 
her wisdom. 

When wound up she will look for wrecks, which was her 
favourite occupation. 

MOVEMENT On being wound up she raises her hand slowly 
and gracefully, bringing it over her eyes as if shading them. 
The movement is repeated several times. 

SIMPLE SIMON. 

To all who love simplicity of character this next figure will 
be of sympathetic interest. This deserving youth is Simple 
Simon, who was the orphan son of poor but honest parients. 
As his name Simon might seem to imply he was a fisherman, 
and was so enthusiastically devoted to the noble sport that he used 
to take his rod and line and fish for hours in his mother's pail 
in the hopes of catching a whale. The result was that he did 
catch it, for his stern parient arriving suddenly on the scene, 
and discovering him in the act, he went away wailing in real 



10 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

earnest, and soon had a plentiful amount of blubber to dispose 
of, besides several wales which he carried upon his back. But 
let that pass ! Although he was named Simple Simon, his 
memorials, as handed down to us in unpresuming poetry, prove 
that he was not by any means such a fool as he looked, for in 
spite of his early age, we are informed that he attempted the 
confidence trick upon a local pieman, in a way which clearly 
showed that he knew pretty well what he was about. His 
efforts with the pieman were not altogether successful, but the 
attempt thus made, whilst in the beardless flower of youth, 
showed promise of a great career before him, which was after- 
wards duly justified, for Simple Simon became famous in his 
twenty-fifth year for embezzling ,1,989 from his confiding 
employers, the whole of which he squandered in billiards, upon 
the turf, and was consequentially sentenced to penal servitude 
for life, to be followed by five years at an Industrial School. 

When wound up you will see him fishing for the whale. 

MOVEMENT : He several times raises the hook from the pail 
to close in front of his eyes, as if examining it to see if a fish 
were on it, maintaining all the time a very vacant smile. 



QUEEN ELIZABETH. 

This figure is Good Queen Bess, who ruled over this land of 
law and liberty for a long period of years. She was called 
Good Queen Bess because she was one of the bess t Queens 
of that name that ruled dur ing her glorious reign. Unlike 
most women, she was fond of having her own way, and also had 
a rather strong temper. She was devoted to her people as a 
Queen ought to be, and she was specially partial to a gentleman 
who was the Earl of Essex, and whom she much preferred to 
the various foreign monarchs and other individuals who 
conspired to her royal hand, thus showing her good taste. The 
King of Spain was so jealous that he at length sent over several 
ship loads of his invincible Spanish Armaders. Britannia, how- 
ever, ruled the waves so well that the Armaders were all 
safely drowned in the Arctic Pelago of Biscay. Elizabeth 
used to box the ears of some of her principal statesmen, a plan 
which I should certainly introduce again if I were the Queen 
of these favoured Isles at the present moment, for I could 
name several statesmen that I have no patience with, and 
which I should very much like to have a chance of chastising 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 11 

in that summary manner. But let that pass ! Elizabeth upon 
one occasion gave Lord Essex a ring off her royal linger, 
telling him that if ever he wanted anything very particklar he 
was to send her the ring and if possible she would let him 
have what he wanted by return of post. When the un- 
fortunate nobleman was condemned to die, he sent her the 
ring from prison with his kind love. But unfortunately he entrusted 
it to a lady who put it in her pocket and forgot all about it 
until too late, the result being that Lord Essex lost his head 
whilst the Queen lost her temper. The morril of which pleas- 
ing anecdote is that when you are sending valuables of this 
kind, you should always be sure to send them by registered 
post, which is a cheaper and safer plan in the end than entrust- 
ing them to lady friends. 

When wound up you will see her as she appeared when 
boxing the Prime Minister's ears. 

MOVEMENT : When wound up she lifts her right hand 
several times, hitting out with it energetically each time. 



UNCLE TOM. 

Here you behold in this defecting and, I hope, truly 
repulsive image, the lifelike and beautiful representation of a 
man and a brother, or more accuratiously speaking, a man and 
an uncle, for this, as it is almost artificial for me to observe, is 
the speaking family likeness of the celebrated Uncle Tom. He 
was, as you may readily guess, a negro, and he was unfortunately 
sold to a very hard-hearted monster, by his noble-minded 
owner, who, like most deserving people, was very badly in want 
of money. These were the clothes which he wore when he was 
sold to his second cruel and wicked master for 20, and 
I think you will allow that the coat and waistcoat were alone 
worth the money, not to mention the massive gold watch-chain 
which he wore. He was a man of great originality of character 
and used to beguile the midnight hours with animated musical per- 
formances, which I regret to say did not have charms to soothe the 
salvage beasts, for his master and mistress had him somewhat 
severely chastised in consequence, to the injury of his general 
health. I am unable to mention the name of the vessel on which 
his celebrated cabin was situated, but I am quite sure that any- 
one havin' the misfortune to cross the ragin' billers, and desiring 



12 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

not to be swindled more than necessary, could not have dune 
better than take their berths in Uncle Tom's Cabin. 

When wound up he will give a brief but fascinating 
performance on his favourite musical instrument. Peter, wind 
him up. John, fetch the bones. 

MOVEMENT : When wound up he plays some popular air 
on the bones, to the pianoforte accompaniment, jerking his 
head whilst doing so. 

THE GIPSY KING AND QUEEN. 

This is Mrs. Matilda Muggins, the renownded gipsy queen 
which made her fortune by telling other people's, and more 
especially servant girls , whom she used to provide with military 
husbands in large numbers and at very moderate prices. Her 
benevolent conduct and surprising talons had their reward, 
for her many charms and abilities attracted the attention of 
Murphy Muggins the great gipsy king, [whose astonishingly 
lifelike image stands beside her]. He accordingly married her 
and made her a partaker of his caravan and throne. But as 
you are all aware " Uneasy lies the head as wears a crownd." 
I lament to say that the conduct of her royal husband was not 
at all w r hat it should have been. He took to the flowing bowl, 
and frequently assaulted his Matilda with his oaken sceptre 
[which you will observe in his right hand]. Eventually, how- 
ever, he was hanged at the gallows for horse stealing He 
was consoled in his last moments by the soothing and pleasing 
reflection that his wife had often told him that she thought by 
the general cast of his features he would perish upon the 
scaffold. After his death Matilda reigned over the gipsies 
with great success, also carrying on the fortune-telling business 
to the satisfaction of a numerous circle of aristocratic clients, 
including most of the ladysmaids and upper servants of the 
West End of London. She ended her honourable career at the 
comparatively advanced and untimely age of ninety-one, much 
to the regret of the whole gipsy tribe, by whom she was much 
esteemed and beloved for her amiable and crafty disposition. 

When wound up she will tell fortunes by means of the 
cards in her hand [whilst her tyrannical husband will threaten 
her with his oaken sceptre]. 

MOVEMENT: She raises the cards in her left hand and takes 
one out with her right, afterwards replacing it. 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 13 

N.B. In case the Gipsy King is not introduced the Gipsy 
Queen may be described separately, the parts in brackets [} 
being omitted. 

LITTLE JACK HORNER. 

The next figure represents a celebrated personage, Little 
Jack Horner, who is the hero of a beautiful poem, which it 
would be quite supercilious for me to recite, even if it were 
needful. By burglariously entering his father's pantry, Little 
Jack Horner became possessed of the Christmas pie which 
you see in his lap. His remarkable character was afterwards 
well illustrated by the subsequential proceedings. Some 
children, under such circumstances, would have given way to 
unbecoming haughtiness, and boasted of their possession to 
their brothers and sisters. Others would have foolishly offered 
to share the toothsome morsel with their friends and companions. 
But Little Jack Horner, with a modesty and prudence which 
were worthy of a Lord High Chanticleer, retired far from the 
madding scrouge, into a quiet corner, where he devoured 
his treasure in peaceful solitude. That he had an easy 
CDnscience is proved by the fact that having cleverly substracted, 
with his thumb, the finest plum in the whole tempting dish, he 
rejoiced in his own virtue saying " What a good boy am I ! " 
a beautiful exertion of virtue which I only wish all the gentle- 
men present could equally declare. But let that pass ! Upon 
being discovered in this position by his anxious parient, he was 
chastised and sent to bed, but his noble papa did not fail to 
recognise the genius of his infant prodigy, and which he 
exclaimed, with the proud commotion standing in his eyes, 
tli at he knew that his boy had an illustrious career before him. 
Which was fulfilled, for he was several times Lord Mayor of 
London, besides being director of numerous mining companies. 

MOVEMENT: He brings his thumb from the pie with a 
large plum attached to it, and raises it to his mouth, repeating 
the motion several times. 



SHAKESPEARE. 

Here you gaze upon the poetic features of the immortia 
bard, one of the most celebrated littery characters of the age. 
He was of respectable not to say aristocratic birth, his father 



14 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

being a butcher, which accounts for the large amount of murder 
and butchery which there is in his poems. Like many other 
littery persons, Shakespeare was fond of poaching and got 
himself into trouble with the police authorities, in consequence 
of which he went from bad to worse, and finally sank to the 
lowest depths of degradation, namely the writing of poetry. 
He afterwards somewhat retrieved his fallen character by 
taking to the theatrical profession, which is, of course, a high 
and honourable calling, though it is less artistic, elevating, 
and entertaining than waxworks. Shakespeare was a volu- 
minious and terrific writer, and his knowledge of history 
showed that he would have been worthy to be a teacher in a 
Board school. As a play writer Shakespeare was fully equal 
to any of the novelists of the present day. I should have 
liked to quote an act or two from some of his more important 
plays, such as the " School for Scandal " and " Our Boys," but 
" Tempus fidgets " and I must, therefore, let that pass, content- 
ing myself with merely repeating those well-known lines: 

To be or not to be that is the question 

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer, 

The stings and harrows of outrageous rheumatism 

Or to procure a bottle of Parkinson's Embrocation, 

A most useful preparation, 

For external application, 

And there's the rub ! 

"Which I may add that this embrocation, so favourably alluded 
to by the bard, may be obtained at this exhibition price thir- 
teenpence the bottle. 

When wound up you will see the immortial poet writing 
one of his inimitable sonnets, and his eye in a tine frenzy 
rolling, according to his habit as always represented in his 
photographs. 

MOVEMENT: Writes furiously, rolling his eyes vigorously 
at the audience. 



FLORA. 

Bring forward Flora. Peter, fill her cornucopiator and 
adjust it. 

This charming female lady is the Goddess Flora, who was 
ce lebrated for her knowledge of bottiny and florile decorations 
ile was of Romish origin, being the pattern saint of gardener? 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 15 

and nurserymen, and also of flowery speakers and poets, many 
of whom have written most affecting compositions in her 
honour. She was worshipped to a considerable extent by the 
ancient heathens, who, like the heathens of the present day, 
were much struck with the sight of beauty. She was presented 
by one of the deities with the acceptable gift of perpetual 
loveliness, which is a treasure possessed by apparently few 
ladies at the present time. She used to walk about in all 
weathers in the flowery meads, dressed as you observe her in 
the image before you, and carrying the agricultural implement 
which you notice in her right hand, commonly known as the 
cornucopiator. From this she used to strew the ground about 
her with beautiful flowers and plants and other green-grocery. 
When wound upyou will see her scattering some of her favourite 
flowers upon the floor; in consequence of which she is called 
the Goddess Floorer. 

MOVEMENT: She scatters flowers with her left hand from 
the cornucopia. 

DR. WATTS. 

Peter, bring forward Dr. Watts and the Buzzy Bee. 

This is the eminent poet Dr. Watts, the celebrated author 
of the nursery rhymes which have done so much to beguile 
the hours of childhood. He was also the talented inventor of 
the steam engine and other ingenious artifices. When not 
engaged in composing his interesting dramatic poems, he used 
to fill up his leisure moments in the study of natural history. 
You will see in his hand the representation of his celebrated 
fouzzy bee, to which he was much attached. You will all re- 
collect the well-known and simple lines: 

How doth the buzzy little bee 

Reprove each shining hour, 
And keep on tippling all the day 

From every opening flower. 

In his left hand you will observe the opening flower, which 
is a particularly beautiful work of art. He was a great 
opponent of the obnoctial system of muzzling and tying up 
dogs, for he remarked in truly stirring accents : 

Let dogs delight to bark and bite 

It is their nature to ; 
Let bears and lions gnnvl and fight 
For they've got no \vork to do ! 



16 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

He was also an advocate of early rising, and it is needless 
for me to quote his familiar elegy: 

'Tis the voice of the sluggard, I heap him complain, 
It's no use your calling, so don't call a^ain ; 

It's no use your knocking, you won't make me hear, 
Forto-morrow'U be the happiestday of all the glad new year. 

This figure has been obtained at great expense, and is an 
exact representation of the Doctor as he appeared in the 
pulpit. 

When wound up you will see the bee fly in a most natural 
manner to the opening flower. Peter, wind them up and oil 
the bee's tail. 

MOVEMENT: The bee is brought round several times to the 
flower and is danced up and down on it each time. 



JOHN BULL. 

This gentleman is the notorious John Bull, and he is one of 
the costliest and heaviest objects in my extensive collection. T 
nave not been able to discover exactly what part of the country 
lie comes from or what he does for a living, but I have gleaned 
that he is a most ill-used and insufferable individual, and has 
^one through a great deal of trouble of various kinds. He 
has a very large and troublesome family, and he has always 
oeen the favourite victim of swindlers of all kinds. You may 
see by his furrowed brow and bald head that he has had many 
a struggle with adversity. But in spite of all his trials and 
vexations cf spirit, he has been constantly letting out his waist- 
coats for several generations and has had his pockets enlarged 
a great many times. He is, in fact, celebrated for the great 
iepth of his pockets. In his right hand he holds his wonderful 
magic purse, with which he is in the habit of paying his taxes. 
He keeps an excellent table, and it is said that he has never 
been known on any single occasion to grumble about anything 
whatsomever, his disposition being extremely sweet and 
amiable. I am also glad to state upon the authority of all the 
leading English historians, that he is quite insensible to flattery, 
and has no temper or pride whatever, nor any other weaknesses 
Df any sort congealed in his manly bosom. 

MOVEMENT: He lifts a very long purse full of coins and 
shakes it several times, thumping the ground emphatically 
his stick after each shake. 



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THE QUEEN OF HEARTS, AND THE FELONIOUS 
KNAVE. 

This noble lady is the Queen of Hearts, who set a very 
admirable example to her subjects by not disdaining the 
honourable and economical practice of making her own pastry. 
You see in the group 'before you she is engaged in the pleasing 
occupation of making tarts, and we are told in the simple elegy 
which records her domestic virtues that she did not neglect 
her household duties on account of the weather, for it is 
expressly related that in spite of its being a summer's day, she 
was notwithstanding industerously engaged in her culiniary 
pursuits. Unfortunately her attendants were of a greedy 
and dishonest temperament, more especially the Felonious 
Knave of Hearts, whose lifelike and nefarious image stands by 
her at the table. He was in the habit of substracting the 
pastry, and inserting it into the capacious pocket by his side. 
The gentle Queen, upon discovering her loss, went and told her 
sad but tartless tale to her sovereign lord, who, in a way that 
did him credit as a husband and the father of a family, at once 
vowed that he would have his revenge, and bring the traitorous 
villin to contributory justice. Conventually the Knave dis- 
covered that the stern arm of the law was one too many for 
him. By the untiring exertions of the King he was discovered 
in his burglarious declivities, and was sentenced to a severe 
flagiolation, without the option of a fine. 

When wound up you will perceive him in the act of 
purloaning the pastry in a most premeditatory and barefaced 
manner, the moral of which is that honesty is the best police, 
and that co-operation is the thief of time. 

MOVEMENT : The Queen rolls out pastry, whilst the Knave 
places several tarts in a bag by his side, dropping one of them, 
which is immediately seized and devoured by one of the 
attendants. 



THE ANCIENT MARINER. 

Bring forward the Marrioner. This somewhat aged veteran, 
ladies and gentlemen, is a fine and characteristic example of 
the British Tar. He was a very distinguished sailor, and 
upon one occasion, when there was no food left on board, he 
shot a very large and ferocious bird, named the Albert Horse, 



18 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

thus saving the whole ship's crew from starvation, and also 
from having to eat him, which they would otherwise have been 
reluctantly compelled to do. He was consequentially rewarded 
by the Admirable Office with a pension, whereupon he 
accordingly lived to a very advanced and unnatural old age. 
He used to eke out his precocious livelihood by walking about 
the streets with a large stuffed bird round his neck, representing 
the Albert Horse. He was specially gifted, like most sailors, at 
telling long and singular yarns, and could keep on for an un- 
limited time. The unwary passer-by who happened to be 
stopped by him soon discovered that there was .no possible 
way of getting rid of him short of presenting him with a 
substantial sum for the favour of his taking his adoo. You 
will observe that he possesses a particularly glittering eye, 
which is celebrated in his very interesting memorials written by 
S. Coleridge, Esquire. He formerly had two eyes, but the 
other was unfortunately lost at the Bombardment of Alexandria, 
where he greatly extinguished himself. 

In his left hand he holds the deadly weppin with which he 
shot the Albert Horse, and when wound up you will see how 
he took aim with his glittering eye. 

MOVEMENT: He raises the cross-bow and points it in 
different directions, winking at intervals with his eye. 



CRUEL MISS BROOKER. 

This is the wicked Miss Brooker, a cruel young lady whose 
family was one of the highest in the land, but whose conduct 
was by no means to correspond. She was sent by her indul- 
gent parients to a very respectable boarding school where she 
learnt all the extras, and no luxuries were grudged. But un- 
fortunately she spent her pocket money, which was of a highly 
liberal description, in pernicious novelettes and other 
sensational literatoor, including the Police Gazette and the 
Weekly Records of Crime and Burglary. This had such a 
deleteriorating effect upon her young and unsophisticatious 
mind, that she achieved the barbarous idea of poisoning all 
her relatives and friends. So upon going home for her Eastern 
holidays, she asked her fond mamma to give an evening party. 
Amongst the many toothsome dishes at the sumptuous banquet 
was a massive jar of potted shrimps, into which this blood- 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 19 

thirsty young lady had inserted a large quantity of Jollop's 
Patent Rat Poison. The excellence of this remarkable 
preparation, which may be had at this show in eighteenpenny 
"bottles, was soon manifestoed. Her grandfather and 
grandmother were the first to succumb, after which her father 
and mother, her eight brothers and sisters, two maiden aunts 
who had both left her their enormous fortunes, and no less 
than eighteen invited guests, expired in excruciating agonies, 
their screams being heard seventeen miles off. Amongst the 
victims was a gallant and guileless young man, of great personal 
beauty, who had just been dancing with her, and had proposed 
her his hand and heart in marriage. The only person who was 
left to tell the harrowing tale was the jobbing gardener, who 
had been specially hired in for the occasion as waiter. Miss 
Brooker afterwards confessed her guilt, and was sentenced to 
be hanged, which took place in the presence of an enormous 
crowd, whom she moved to tears by the pathetic and thrilling 
way in which she warned them to avoid all works of fiction 
nnd police news reports, as also the somewhat uncommon 
offence of giving too much pocket money to their orfspring. 

When wound up you will see her as she appeared when 
holding up the deadly potted shrimps to her unfortunate and 
infatuated lovier. 

MOVEMENT: She produces the fork from the bottle with 
a large shrimp at the end of it, and holds it up. 



ROBERT BRUCE. 

This is the unexceptionably brave and warlike Bruce, who 
was ruler of Scotland for many years, and performed deeds of 
daring worthy of a Wellington or a William the Conqueror. 
Once, after being defeated in a most humiliating manner for 
the sixth time, by the overpowering hordes of mercenary foes, 
he endeavoured to drown his sorrows at a country inn, where 
they paid more attention to comfort than to cleanliness or cob- 
webs. He was gazing with mingled horror and curiosity at 
one of those nasty crawling insects of spiders, which was 
building its gossamer nest in the corner of the apartment. Six 
times did the obnoxious reptile attempt its cunning task, and 
then, just as the noble monnick was about to ring the bell for 
the chambermaid to remove it with a dustpan and a pair of 



20 MRS. JAKLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

tongs, he observed it once more commencing to spin its loath- 
some threads. To his surprise he noticed that the venomou 
reptile had at length succeeded in its objectionable object. 8 ' 
Whereupon he at once felt that he heard the prophetic voice 
of his mother's uncle whispering in his left ear, and saying in 
the familiar words of Shakespeare : 

If at first you don't succeed, 
Try, try, again. 

He at once girded up his martial cloak around him, and with- 
out so much as even waiting to pay his bill, set forth upon the 
path of glory, the result being that he vanquished his proud 
foes in the most single and remarkable manner. 

When wound up you will observe him watching the 
spider, which was ever afterwards his favourite insect. 

MOVEMENT : He lifts a large spider attached to a thread 
until it dangles before his eyes, when he watches it for a few 
seconds and brings it down again. Repeat several times. 



ZADKIEL. 

This figure represents the great prophet Zadkiel engaged 
in his philosophical and scientific pursuits. Like many amateur 
prophets in private life he is apt to take a somewhat gloomy 
view of the future, and supplies earthquakes, wars, floods, 
assassinations, and other disasters, at a very reasonable rate, 
besides being particularly good at foretelling that the weather 
will have a tendency to be warm in the summer, and will 
probably get cooler during the winter months. He has not 
only prophesied everything which has happened during the 
last half-century, but a great deal more besides. Like other 
prophetic souls he has received but little honour in his own un- 
grateful country, and in spite of having regularly foretold the 
downfall of every Government for many years, he has never 
been rewarded with a pension, or even a peerage, in spite of 
his advanced years and many services. The bottle which you 
will observe modestly peeping from his pocket contains the 
familiar spirit which he was frequently in the habit of con- 
sulting. Behind his ear is the eagle's feather with which he 
writes his celebrated almanacks and the Book of Fate, with 
other profitable works. In his left hand you will perceive hi? 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 21 

patent magic telescope with which he is accustomed to gaze 
into futurity. 

When wound up he will perform an incantation. 

MOVEMENT : "Whilst winding up, one of the attendants 
lights a small coloured fire in the bowl before him, and Zadkiel 
waves his wand in the smoke several times. 



MR. PICKWICK AND MRS. BARDELL. 

Here is a group, ladies and gentlemen, which will solicit 
the sympathies of all right-minded women, more especially 
widcUis. I appeal wit i confidential hope to the enlightened 
world for sympathy for this poor persecuted and ill-treated 
female. I do not deny, ladies and gentlemen, far be it from 
me, a poor weak and wayward woman, to deny that Mr. 
Pickwick was a man of deeply cultivated intellect, and of 
gigantic brains. I can sympathise with him on account of his 
hair falling off at the back somewhat freely, and also on account 
of his being subject to wear spectacles, as you will see in the 
vivid and natural representation before you. I also admire 
him for going forth into the wide world in search of littery 
pursuits, being a littery person myself, as you are of course 
aware. There can be no doubt, I believe, that his masterly 
esscay on the Tittlebat Question is unrivalled as a lucid compli- 
cation of that important and obscure subject. But that was 
no reason why he should trifle with the affections of a poor and 
deserving widder, such as Mrs. Bardell, and I maintain and 
always shall, to the last drop of my heart's core, that it 
served him quite right being doomed to pay such substantiated 
damages, for playing fast and loose with her sensitive breast. 
Mrs. Bardell was a faithfuland honest landlady to Mr. Pickwick, 
and that he reciprocicated her attentions was clearly shown by 
those tender epistles which he wrote her, referring in terms, 
not to be misunderstood, to such delicate matters as tomato 
sauce and warming pans. But let that pass ! There are, I fear, 
many such gay deceivers about as Mr. Pickwick, and the morril 
of this touching group is that widders should beware of such 
lodgers, who are proof against their affectionate and womanly 
solitude. Wherefore I say to all my female auditresses," Beware 
of men in general and elderly bachelors in particular," for : 
Love is a thing of a man's life a part, 
'Tis women's board and lodging. 



22 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

MOVEMENT : Mrs. Bardell falls into Mr. Pickwick's arms, 
who pats her on the back in a soothing way. Repeated several 
times. 



WILLIAM TELL. 

This noble figure is the celebrated Swiss archer William 
Tell, who was ordered by a tyrannical Austrian General 
named Guzzler, to go down on his knees in the mud to the 
Austrian cap which the aforesaid Guzzler had set up in the 
market place. Whereupon Mr. Tell's proud spirit rebelled 
within his independent bosom, and he said that sooner than 
bow down to a hat he would eat his own. The flinty- 
bosomed Guzzler immediately ordered him to take his bow 
and arrow and shoot an apple off the devoted head of his 
innocent son. Knowing that his boy was a thorough block- 
head, and also of a head-strong disposition, William Tell did 
not fear to attempt the 'arrowing task, and he hit the apple 
in the very centre amid the loud applauses of the audience. 
Whereupon he produced a second arrow and offered to repeat 
the interesting experiment upon General Guzzler himself. 
The iraskable officer, foaming over at the mouth with dis- 
appointed reciprocity, loaded him with heavy chains, and 
ordered him to be removed to a dungeon cell. Whilst he was 
being conveyed in a boat to the desolate fortress, a storm arose 
upon the lake, whereupon the noble Tell kindly undertook to 
steer the boat. With a cunning worthy of a great Statesman 
whose name I need not mention he ran the vessel upon a 
rock and jumped out into the niche of time, after which he shot 
the policeman in the boat and became the saviour of his country 
from the yoke of the depressing Guzzler, whom he hanged up in 
chains from the giddy heights of Mount Blank. You will observe 
upon the point of his arrow a beautiful f ac-similar of the apple 
which he shot off his son's head. 

MOVEMENT: He has a very diminutive bow and arrow, 
with a huge apple at the end of the latter. When wound up 
he draws the bow, stamping one foot each time he does so. 



BRITANNIA. 

The sight of this magnificent figure will cause proud and 
patriotic emotions to arise in the breasts of those who happen 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 23 

to be given that way. Each true lovier of his country will 
rise up from his feet, and exclaim in passionate accents, 

England, with all thy rates and taxes, 
I love thee still. 

The origins of this young lady are well congealed in the 
hazy shades of mythology, and she is therefore a supernatural 
individual. Her parients were no doubt very extinguished 
persons, and she had a sister named Erin, with whom, however, 
she has never agreed particularly well^ owing to incompati- 
bility of temper. But let that pass ! The poet tells us, in 
well-known lines : 

Britannia needs no Bull Fights, 

Her home is on the deep, 
Her address is on the mounting waves, 

And you don't catch a weasel asleep ! 

Her principal occupation is ruling the waves, which she 
does with the Mastiff Triton, which you will observe in her 
right hand. She also uses it occasionally for prodding up 
the British Lion, which is her property, and which is given a 
good deal to slumbering. She lets him loose on her friends 
and neighbours when they mis-behave themselves. In her 
left hand is her shield, which is covered with the flag that has 
braved a thousand years the battles and the breezes, but which, 
as you will observe, is in very good condition, notwithstanding 
being in fact as good as new. The object of her wearing the 
mastiff head-dress which you see, is, as you will probably 
guess, to keep her head warm, as she is very much given to 
sitting about, in all weathers, on rocks and other exposed 
places. 

When wound up she will rule the waves with her Mastiff 
Triton. 

MOVEMENT : She moves the trident in front of her with 
a wave-like action to the air of " Rule Britannia," turning her 
head slowly round whilst doing so. 



ALLY SLOPER. 

You will immediately recognise, in this figure, the familiar 
features of that great writer, orator, statesman, poet, and 
fcatriot. Allv SloDer. He is a deeD-red man as vou will observe 



24 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

by his nose. All great genius has its little eccentricities, and 
his have developed themselves in the shape of the remarkable 
umbrella, which he is in the habit of carrying out with him 
in all weathers and seasons, and which has this advantage 
about it, that it would not tempt the many prowling thieves 
who go about in search of umbrellas. It is also not likely to 
be taken in mistake for somebody else's, as occasionally happens. 
It is understood that he has generously left his umbrella, as 
an heir-loom to the British Museum. The one which he holds 
in his hand in this speaking model, is an exact fac-similar of 
the original article. 

When wound up you will see him, as he appeared on the 
platform of Exeter Hall, disclaiming upon the extreme 
importance of total abstinence to all grown-up children and 
married spinsters. His speech made such a great impression 
upon the orgience that he had at last to be forcibly removed 
by the police, and was the next morning fined <2 10s. at 
Covent Garden, whereupon he wrote his celebrated pamphlet 
upon the Abusive Liberty of the Subject. 

MOVEMENT : Waves his umbrella wildly as if declaiming. 



THE BLACK PRINCE. 

You will recognise this imposing and majestic figure as the 
Black Prince. He was a great warrior, and obtained his name 
of Black Prince at an early age, in the Royal nursery, owing 
to his always having black eyes, given him by his five brothers 
who were also of a warm and warlike disposition. He after- 
wards, as you will observe, indulged in black armour, which 
was suitable to his martial and gloomy demeanour and fierce 
expression of countenance, which you will observe has been 
reproduced with consuming skill by my talented artist. His 
warlike disposition was illusterated in the Siege of Paris, when 
he took the Emperor Napoleon prisoner, and brought him back 
in triumph to the ancestral walls of Windsor Castle, where it 
is related that he treated him with the most flattering atten- 
tion, standing behind him at meals with a napkin, and 
watching every mouthful he took, thereby no doubt making 
him feel very comfortable and happy. Amongst the many 
people whom this noble and regal prince slew in the course of 
his chequered and illusterated career, was a noble monnick 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 25 

whose arms he cut off, using them ever afterwards as the 
Prince of Wales's feathers. 

MOVEMENT: He goes through several passes with his sword. 

THE CLAIMANT. 

Here you perceive one of the greatest men of the present 
age, the much-injured claimant, Sir Roger Tichborne, Baronite, 
who was shut up in prison for many long years owing to his 
endevouring to get an honest living by claiming somebody else's 
estates. His career was one of adventure and romance, and 
more especially romance. The celebrated trial in which he claimed 
the estates of his distinguished and pious ancestors, lasted for 
quite a superhuman epoch, which was a very severe trial indeed 
for all who were engaged in it. This poor persecuted nobleman 
failed in his praiseworthy intentions of obtaining a living, and 
was sentenced to penal servitude for burglaring himself. He bore 
the frowns of fortune with exemplary meekness, and served his 
time in a way which showed that he was a nobleman born. His 
experience forcibly illusterates how perfidious and barefaced are 
the ways of the Jaw, For whilst he was emerged into a convict 
dungeon, for merely claiming his paternal acres, them lawyers 
themselves are constantly swallowing up their fellow creatures' 
estates, and instead of getting punished they get paid for their 
trouble. This injured innocent was the object of much popular 
sympathy, for his aristocratic features and portly form gained 
for him many entlmgiastic admirers. His talents, which were 
of no mean order, were successfully illusterated in the genteel 
sport of pigeon shooting, of which he was a princely patron, 
showing that though he missed his mark his aims were 
good. 

His somewhat excessive waist caused him some trouble, 
more especially as Sir Roger's portraits before leaving England 
were of a lean description. He therefore endeavoured to work 
it off by taking some of Mealy and Miffin's celebrated Anti- 
Fat Mixture, and when wound up you will observe him taking 
a dose of that exhilarating and nutritive delicacy, after which 
he will give the true and unmistakable Tichborne smile, 
whereby his mother recognised him. The Anti-Fat may be had 
of the attendants. 

MOVEMENT : Raises bottle to his lips, brings it down again, 
and smiles very broadly. Repeat. 



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THE MAIDEN ALL FORLORN, AND THE MAN 
ALL TATTERED AND TORN. 

This group represents the maiden all forlorn and likewise 
the man all tattered and torn, two historical characters of 
whom we know comparatively next to nothing at all. But 
all that we do know fortunately abounds to their credit. 
Their strange eventful history is mixed up in a curious manner 
with the life of a house-builder of the unpretentious name of 
Jack, who it appears was also interested in the malting 
business. The young lady was a milkmaid, but why she was 
all forlorn, poor young thing, is more than I can say, seeing 
that she had not even known what it was to be married, let 
alone being a widder. It has been shrewdly sermonised by 
some that she was melancholy on account of her favourite cat 
having been worried by the maltster's dog, owing to its not 
being either muzzled or led. But I think when you gaze upon 
the figure of her lovier you will agree with me, that the cause 
of her anguidge was more probably owing to her young man 
not being in the most nourishing of circumstances, as you 
will observe by the somewhat dilapidated condition of his 
wardrobes. However with the true womanly forbearance of 
her sects, she took care not to refuse him on that account, and 
they were accordingly married and lived happily ever after- 
wards, though it took her a deal of time darning and patching 
her husband's garments. 

In the group before you the young man is about to imprint 
a kiss of true love on her brow, and you will see the maidenly 
way in which she receives this delicate attention. 

MOVEMENT : The man stoops from behind to kiss her 
and she turns round and boxes his ear. 



HENRY VIII. 

This a is remarkably majestic and touching representation of 
that celebrated monnick King Henry the Eighth, who, as you 
may imagine by his appearance, filled the throne in a way that 
few of his predecessors before or since have been able to. On 
account of his being of a very matrimonial disposition, he was 
declared by his majesty the Pope of Rome to be an infidel and 
a heretic and was consequently solemnly exterminated by that 
distinguished personage. In return for this favour, the 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 27 

monnick, who had been appointed to the honorary office of 
Defender of the Faith, took charge of about a thousand abbeys, 
monasteries and convents. But let that pass ! You will 
observe that in the figure before you he wears six mastiff gold 
lockets, containing the representations of the six wives of his 
spacious bosom, as you will perceive he was a very handsome 
monnick which made him irresistible to the fair sex. He had 
about five hundred servants, and from my limited experience 
in keeping only one, I should think they brought down his 
grey hairs with sorrow to the tomb. His principal favourite 
was Lord Wolseley, who as you are aware has survived him, in 
spite of the many battles he has been through. 

When wound up the monnick will count up his wives and 
widders upon his fingers. 

MOVEMENT: He counts up to six several times on his 
fingers, and the last time goes on counting furiously, at 
which Mrs. Jarley has the machinery stopped, and explains 
that he occasionally makes a slight mistake, " owing to the 
confusing number of his many spouses." 



ALADDIN. 

This figure is particularly full of instruction and warning 
to young people, and shows the necessity of providing Board 
Schools and compulsory education. Aladdin was allowed to 
run loose about the streets, never having passed any standard.. 
His mother was a highly respectable Chinese widder, but he 
was a perfect plague to her, on account of his shocking mis- 
chieviousness. One day, as he was walking about the streets, 
playing at tip-cat, and marbles, and other obnoxious and 
obstructious games, a magician, who happened to have strolled 
in from the neighbouring parish of Africa, suddenly folds his. 
arms round Aladdin's waist and exclaims with teafs in hi& 
eyes that it is his long lost nephew. This perfigious villin, 
who was well known to the police as a ruffianly individual, he 
sends Aladdin down the underground railway to get a magia 
lamp. Aladdin got the lamp, but being a sharp boy he says,, 
" Let me out first and you shall have the lamp, but I ain't- 
going to be left alone in the dark." Whereupon the magician 
he uses the most vindictive language, and shut up poor 
Aladdin in those internal regions. The intelligent and precarious. 



28 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

boy had had considerable experience in getting out of scrapes, 
and he got home all right with the lamp. On polishing it up 
with his mamma's handkerchief, a large number of black 
servants popped up through trap doors in the floor and did all 
they was required, without ever hinting at a rise in wages. 
Having determined to settle down and turn over a new leaf, 
Aladdin married the daughter of the Insulting, and built her 
a, beautiful palace. His irreprehensible uncle, however, 
managed to impose upon Mrs. Aladdin, senior, who was un- 
acquainted with the deceitfulness of man, her husband having 
been killed a few months after they were married. She 
changed away the magic lamp on account of its unpleasant 
smell, and the magician played high jinks with Aladdin's 
palace. Aladdin, however, was one too many for him, and 
shortly afterwards poisoned him, subsequently becoming the 
Emperor of China, thus showing that all boys, by being per- 
severing and kind and honest and turning over a new leaf, can 
always keep themselves out of the workhouse by the exercises 
of genius. 

MOVEMENT : He polishes up the lamp very violently, 
stopping suddenly when the music ceases. 



PENELOPE. 

This is the wife of the great African explorer Ulysses. Her 
husband being away on his travels a number of odious men 
persecuted her with proposals of marriage, remarking that he 
had been swallowed up by crocodiles. She put them off by the 
-artful subterfuge of informing them that she was making a 
pair of slippers for her respected grandparient, and could not 
marry anyone until the last stitch was achieved. She used to 
keep at her wool-work all day long, having no doubt a very 
agreeable time of it, while her many admirers took it in turns 
to hold the skeins of wool. At night she used to sit up 
industerously undoing all the work she had done during the 
day. By this simple and inexpensive pastime, she avoided a 
prosecution for bigamy, and after a few years, when her husband 
came home and turned the young men out of the house, she 
finished the slippers, in peace, for her patient and aged relative. 
To all ladies who have absent spouses, her industerous and 
intelligent conduct should at once be a warning and an example, 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 29 

a warning not to put the banns up without a burial certificate 
and an example not to hastily dismiss any eligible young men 
of a matrimonial turn, but to keep them hanging around in case 
they should be wanted. 

When wound up she will engage in the pleasing and useful 
artifice of wool-work. 

MOVEMENT : Brings the needle and wool several times to 
the work and back again. 

GUY FAWKES. 

This somewhat uncomplimentary figure represents the 
renownded Guy Fawkes, a gentleman whose liniments will be 
familiar to you all, from the numerous edgifys of him which 
you have seen on various occasions. He was not, as you will 
perceive, a strikingly handsome man, but after all beauty is but 
a little faded flower, and handsome is as handsome does. Guy 
Fawkes on one occasion attempted to blow up Parliament, and 
as far as a weak woman can judge they probably deserved it, 
for I've no patience with an Institooshun where they use such 
desperate strong language, and keep such outrageous bad hours, 
besides wasting the public time over a lot of irreprehensible 
speeches and squandering the rates and taxes in a manner quite 
shocking to behold. It is high time that Women's Sufferings 
was passed to put a stop to all such nonsense. But, ladies and 
gentlemen, let that pass ! Guy Fawkes failed in his noble 
enterprise, owing to his attempting to strike one of Bryant and 
May's Patent Safety Matches upon the wrong box. He was 
accordingly walked about the streets on a small hand-barrow, 
with a pipe in his mouth, and finally burnt alive in a bonfire 
with a great display of fireworks, at the public expense. 

When wound up you will see him vainly endeavouring to 
strike one of these useful Patent Safety Matches, which are 
consequently invaluable in families. 

MOVEMENT! : He strikes at a very large match-box with a 
piece of wood, and shakes his head after each attempt. 



CINDERELLA. 

As a model emblem of all that a woman of the female 
gender ought to be, Cinderella is altogether unequalled in the 



SO MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

whole ranges of ancient and modern historical literature. She 
was descended of illustrious pedigree, but she had the bad luck 
to have a step-mother and two step-sisters, who were puffed 
up with sinful pride, and treated her in a way which it was 
shameful to behold, making her do all the scrubbing, and 
washing, and darning the socks, with such like derogatory and 
de-menial offices, whilst they flaunted about in silks and 
satins, at balls, evening parties, theatres, and other gay haunts 
of frivoling dissipation. Cinderella had a fairy godmother, 
"who did a great many more things for her than is generally 
the case, for she provided her with fine clothes, carriages, and 
horses, and an invitation to the Royal ball, telling her, however, 
that she must be home by twelve o'clock, a very sensible 
admonition, for that is a time, in my opinion, when every man 
and woman ought to be safe at home, and not staying out at 
their clubs. Her beautiful demeanour and fine clothes 
attracted the notice of the Prince of Wales, who danced every 
dance with her, besides taking her down to supper. Un- 
fortunately she forgot her godmother's advice and so she lost 
her gorgeous apparels and had to walk home in the slush. 
The fairy had presented her with a pair of glass slippers, 
which must have been very convenient and comfortable to 
dance in, especially as they had a habit of coining off. She 
dropped one of these remarkable slippers at the ball, and by 
this means all came right in the end, for her name and address 
were thereby discovered, and she was married in grand style 
to his Royal Highness. 

The moral of her simple narrative is not to be home late 
at night, for " Early to bed and early to rise is the way to 
catch all the worms and the flies." 

MOVEMENT : She sweeps the floor with a broom. 



WILLIAM RUFUS. 

This is William Rufus, the celebrated king, who was so 
called on account of his magnificent auburn locks which you 
will observe hanging about his kingly brow in luxorious 
profusion. He was a devoted patron of the sportive science 
of fox-hunting, and spent most of his time in that engrossing 
pursuit. You will see that he holds in his hand his hunting horn, 
with the kingly blast of which lie used to summon his gay 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 31 

retainers. In his side is the deadly and fatal arrow which 
terminated his promising career. He was boldly pursuing tho 
ferocious fox to his secret lair in the depths of a gloomy forest 
when a traitorous villin shot him in the heart. When wound 
up you will see him summoning his attendants to hear his last 
words. In this age of School Board education it would be super- 
fluminious for me to recapitulate the principal events of this 
noble monnick's glorious reign. You will see by his princely 
liniments that he was every inch a king, and I think I may 
sum up his honourable career in the words of the iinmortial 
poet Laureate : 

He was a man, take him for all in all 
We shall not like to look on him again ! 

MOVEMENT : He blows the horn several times. 



THE DECEASED MR. JARLEY. 

I must now ask you, ladies and gentlemen, to kindly excuse 
my emotion. This expressive figure is the counterpane resent- 
ment of my lost Jarley (sobs). He was the originator and 
sole proprietor of these waxworks, which are now carried on 
by his widder, who has added extensively to the collection 
(sobs). But let that pass ! You will see by his mastiff brow 
and eagle eye, that he was a genius of the deepest dye, as well 
as a man of soaring and elevated dispogition (sobs). Although 
of noble birth, and princely origin, he preferred to abandon 
the glittering mazes and dazzling splendours of rank and 
fashion, and nobly devoted himself to the pursuit of the 
peaceful and popular art and science of waxworks, whereby 
he conferred untold blessings upon his suffering fellow creatures, 
and left his sorrowing widder with an honourable and old- 
established business to console her for his loss (sobs). The 
waistcoat he has on is the very one he was married in 
(sobs). 

When wound up he will raise his hospitable glass to his 
lips which was his favourite occupation. 

MOVEMENT : Raises glass to his lips as if giving a toast, 
to the air of " Auld Lang Syne." 



32 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

JASPER PACKLEMERTOK 

(This description is taken almost entirely from Charles 

Dickens.) 

This, ladies and gentlemen, is Jasper Packlemerton, of 
atrocious memory, who courted and married fourteen wives, 
and destroyed them all by tickling the soles of their feet, when 
they was calmly slumbering in the consciousness of innocence 
and virtue. He was watched through a crack in the door by 
his infant prodigy, who consequentially, with filial devotion, 
brought his pa to justice and the gallows. On being led to the 
scaffold and asked if he was sorry for what he had done, he 
said, yes, he was sorry for having let 'em off so easy, and he 
hoped all Christian husbands would pardon him the offence, and 
take pattern by his example. Let this be a warning to all 
young ladies to be pa,rtickler as to the character of the gentle- 
men of their choice. Observe that his fingers is curled as if 
in the act of tickling and when wound up you will perceive a 
wink in his left eye as he appeared when committing his 
barbarous murders. 

MOVEMENT: He moves his fingers rapidly as if tickling,, 
and winks at intervals. 



MES. JARLEY'S 

FAR-FAMED COLLECTION OF 

WAXWORKS 

AND 

STATUARY. 



PART IV. 



BY 

W. GURNEY BENHAM. 



With full directions for Arrangement, Positions, Movements, 
Costumes, Properties, &c. 



LONDON : 
SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD., 

PUBLISHERS, 

89, STRAND, 



NEW YORK: 
SAMUEL FRENCH, 

PUBLISHER : 

26, WEST 22ND STREET. 



MES. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. ^ 

CONTENTS. 
PART I. 

Mrs. Jarley Little Nell John and Peter The Chinese Giant Mrs. 
Jack Sprat Two-headed Girl Lord Byron Sewing Woman Childe 
Harold Mrs. Winslow The Live Yankee Captain Kidd The Old- 
fashioned Sewing Machine Victim The Cannibal The Mermaid The 
Bachelor The Maniac His Lady-love The Siamese Twins Mother 
Ooose The Boy that stood on the Burning Deck Little Bo-Peer; The 
Giggler The Dvarf-Old Kinsr C^le Blue Beard The Contraband 
:Signorina Squallini- Babes in the Woe d Jack Sprat Little Red Riding 
Hood F.ir One with Golden Locks. The Antique Chamber (lately added) : 
Models represented : Jupiter Juno Bacchus Minerva Apollo Hebe 
Mars. Cupid. 

PART II. 



Chamber of Beauty : Opening Speech of Mrs. Jarley -^-Sleeping Beauty 
and the Prince Queen Eleanor and Fair Rosan.ond John Alden and 
Priscilla Rebecca and Rowena Alonzo the Brave and Fair Imogene The 
Gracchi Beatrice Cenci. Chamber of Horrors : Mrs. Jarley's Speech- 
Medusa Violante Vampire Father Time Savage and his Flying Victim 

Ruffian disarmed by a Smile Spoiled Child Bearded Woman Man 
Monkey. Historical Ch"inber : Mrs. Jarley's Speech Joan of Arc Robin 
Hood Alexander the Great Robinson Crusoe King Alfred Diogenes 
Man with the Iron Mask Nero King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid. 
Shakespearian Chamber : Mrs. Jarley's Speech Lady Macbeth Titania 
Ophelia Juliet King Lear Hermione Richard III. 

PART III. 

Grace Darling Simple Simon Queen Elizabeth Uncle Tom Gipsy 
Queen Gipsy King Jack Horner Shakespeare Flora Dr. Watts- 
John Bull Queen of Hearts Knave of Hearts Ancient Mariner Mia 
Brooker Robert Bruce- Zadkiel Mr. Pickwick Mrs. Bardell William 
Tell Britannia Ally Sloper The Black Prince The Claimant Maiden 
all Forlorn Man all Tapered and Torn Henry VIII. Aladdin- 
Penelope Guy Fawkes Cinderella^William Ruf us Deceased Mr. Jarley 

Jasper Packlemerton. 



i PREFACE. 

ALTHOUGH the representation of "Mrs. Jarley's Wax- 
works " involves comparatively little dramatic knowledge or 
ability, and is certain of success if undertaken with care by 
ordinarily intelligent performers, it is necessary to point out 
that a considerable amount of rehearsal is very desirable to 
make the effect really satisfactory. At rehearsals the per- 
formers should remain perfectly still and go through their 
various movements, carefully regulated by pianoforte accom- 
paniment, in exactly the same way as at the performance 
itself. The descriptions should also be rehearsed in order 
that the figures may be prepared for what will be said concerning 
them, and that they may know the length of time during 
which it is necessary that they should remain motionless. 
Special pains should be taken to determine the exact position 
of each figure in the group, as a great deal depends upon the 
general effect of the stage when the curtain rises. If possible 
all the figures should be in sight of the audience and account 
should be taken of the colours of the costumes, that the 
general effect may be harmonious and pleasing. 

With regard to statuary, which cannot well bs moved 
forward, it will be found that very often one side of the stage 
is not visible to advantage to the whole of the audience. To 
remedy this it is well to drop the curtain and to let the figures 
rapidly change places, so that all may be seen in turn. These 
effects should all be rehearsed. 

Considerable amusement may be occasioned by the fall of 
the figures at critical moments, and such falls should be pre- 
arranged and practised. 

John and Peter may make a good deal of fun by means of 
by-play with the figures, turning them the wrong way, giving 
them the wrong properties, polishing and painting their faces 
before the audience, <fcc. 

Between the groups singing or recitations may be intro- 
duced. 

W. GURNET BENHAM. 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 7 

CHARACTERS, COSTUMES, AND PROPERTIES. 

Little Nell. Short girl's dress ; hair down back ; slippers. 
Holds P. pointed wand .... Page 12 

The May Queen. White dress; floral wreath; dress garlanded 
with flowers ; in right hand a floral sceptre ; sits in a 
bower of flowers and evergreens . . . Page 12 

Mrs. Allen's Hair Restorer. Modern dress; long hair, loose; 
holds brush and hand mirror . . . Page 13 

Old Mother Hubbard. Pointed red hat ; grey wig ; old- 
fashioned dress ; red petticoat ; buckle shoes ; carries a 
basket Page 13 

Mother Hubbard's Dog. Dog's head mask and skin dress ; pipe 
in left hand; may be seated on small stool . Page 13 

Buffalo Bill. Large American felt hat ; long black wig, 
moustache, and imperial; a leather jacket and bright 
coloured or striped vest ; revolvers, &c., round waist ; 
corduroy breeches and gaiters ; holds a gun. Page 14 

The Queen was in the Parlour. Crown ; ermine-trimmed 
robes ; a table with plate and large jar labelled " Honey." 

Page 15 

The Cat and the Fiddle. Cat's mask and skin dress; stands 
upright holding fiddle .... Page 15 

Humpty Dumpty. A large egg-shaped stuffed white bag with 
buttons in front and coloured sash and necktie ; the 
head consists of mask with hat on, fastened to bag ; the 
whole standing on a wall which may be a screen with 
paper painted to represent brickwork ; a boy or girl 
holds the figure from behind showing hands and arms 
with white sleeves on each side . . . Page 16 

Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Two small boys resembling each 
other, with arms over each other's shoulders; tight 
scarlet jackets and calico trousers, well padded ; large 
white collars with "Tweedledum" and "Tweedledee" 
printed on them ; red and white cricket caps ; each 
holds a wooden revolving rattle. The figures are lifted 
forward together ..... Page 16 



8 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

* Liberty. High spiked crown (or cap of liberty if preferred) ; 

hair loose ; classical drapery ; holds a torch in right 
hand and scroll in the other . . . Page 17 

* Justice. Hair loose and bandage over eyes ; classical drapery; 

in right Jband a Grecian sword and a pair of beam scales 
in left Page 17 

* Elaine. Hair loose and white drapery ; sits in reclining 

position, bending over a shield which is covered with 
drapery ....... Page 18 

* Rip Van Winkle. Long hair and beard ; broad brimmed 

high-crowned straw hat ; large loose collar ; tattered 
jacket, breeches, and stockings ; seated on stump of tree 
or three-legged stool ..... Page 18 

* Girton Graduate. Mortarboard cap, and gown black or 

scarlet, with collegiate hood ; holds a scroll Page 18 

* Titania. White dress, with flowers ; crown ; reclines on 

sloping bank covered with evergreens, flowers, &c. 

Page 19 

* Puck. Erect wig ; close fitting tunic and tights, with 

flowers wreathed ; wings .... Page 19 

Maid Marian. Hair loose ; velvet cap and feather ; green 
dress, braided with red ; bow and arrows ; bugle hung 
round neck is held in right hand . . Page 19 

| The Cruel Butcher. Butcher's blue apron ; jacket ; red beard 
and wig ; holds a large knife in right hand. A lamb 
made of jointed cardboard, or otherwise, with a blue 
ribbon round its neck, should be let down from above by 
string Page 20 

f The Miser. Grey hair ; livid face and dirty chin : old ragged 
clothes; sits at a table covered with coins . Page 21 

t The Cruel Nursemaid. Mob cap ; bib and apron ; print 
dress ; sits on chair with a cradle on each side of her. 

Page 22 

f Bloodthit sty Bull-Fighter. Feathered cap; black wig and 
moustache ; white cambric shirt, and loose coloured jacket ; 
loose red neckerchief; coloured silk breeches and stockings; 
dagger ; buckle shoes Page 23 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 9 

f The American Scarecrow. Tall knockpd-in hat ; ragged coat 
with stars ; striped calico trousers ; straw stuffing at feet, 
armholes, &c. ; old cigar end in mouth ; Yankee beard ; 
in right hand an old stove-brush ; in left an old can full 
of stones Page 23 

t Jack Sheppard. Close-cropped wig ; 18th century coat, 
plain and dingy ; bare neck and white loose shirt ; knee 
breeches ; stockings ; buckle shoes ; hands and feet 
chained ; seated on coarse wooden chair or bench. 

Page 24 

t The Nobleman's Daughter. Old-fashioned silk or ordinary 
dress ; holds large hair-pin in right hand and missionary 
box in left ....... Page 24 

t Skipping Girl. Sun bonnet and ordinary modern girl's dress; 
holds skipping rope ..... Page 25 

f The Japanese Conjuror. Japanese wig ; loose flowered 
gown with large sleeves ; hilt of a scimitar (which may 
be made of cardboard) protruding from front of dress, 
and blade fixed at back . . . . Page 26 

f The Gipsy who Kidnapped a School. Long black hair, loose ; 
rich coloured loose Oriental dress, with chains, &c., or old 
bonnet and cloak . Page 27 

Miss Muffet. Poke bonnet ; short dress ; sits on stool with 
basin and spoon. A large spider should be let down from 
roof Page 27 

Pygmalion. Light classical tunic and tights, with cloak; 
mallet and sculptor's chisel ; flowing dark wig. 

Page 28 

* Galatea. White classical drapery ; whitened hair and face ; 
stands on white pedestal ; chips of stone in fold of dress. 

28 



Mary the Milkmaid. Sun bonnet ; print dress, with bib and 
apron ; bare neck and arms ; carries milking-pail under 
left arm, and red handkerchief in right hand Page 28 

Dick Whittington. Brown cap and feather ; brown tunic and 
tights ; carries a cat under left arm, and is discovered 



10 MRS. JAKLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

kneeling on one knee. A box painted as a milestone 
may be placed near ..... Page 29 
f Shylock. Grey wig and beard ; loose dark gaberdine, tied 
round with plain cord ; carries knife in right hand, and 
scales and old slipper in left . . . Page 30 

* These figures may be introduced as statues ; their faces, arms, hair, 
wigs, &c., being whitened, and all dresses and properties white, pedestals 
being formed of boxes, covered with calico. Terra-cotta figures may bft 
made by colouring faces, dresses, &c. , with terra-cotta colour. 

t These figures may be grouped together as a Chamber of Horrors. 



DIRECTIONS. 

MRS. JARLEY. Mrs. Jarley's part may be played by 
gentleman or lady. She should have large bonnet, or cap ; 
old fashioned dress ; bright shawl ; basket ; bottle ; bright 
handkerchief, and " Gamp " umbrella. Mrs. Jarley may 
be seated at a table in front of the curtain, and at the side of 
the stage. 

PETER AND JOHN. The two assistants may be made up 
as negroes, as livery servants, or in exaggerated evening-dress ; 
and should be provided with feather brushes, oilcans, screw- 
drivers and winders, which may consist of noisy winding 

rattles. 

GROUPING AND MAKE-UP OF FIGURES. Ten, or more 
figures (according to the size of the stage) may be formed 
into a semi-circular group. Each figure should be brought 
forward and may be placed on a pedestal in centre of stage. 
In some cases where figures are in centre or corner of the 
stage, moving may be dispensed with, and the pedestal is not 
required for all figures, nor for groups. Dresses should be 
bright, and vivid patches of rouge may be given to most 
figures. 

LIGHT. A good light must be thrown on the stage. 
Limelight is of valuable assistance. 

PIANOFORTE ACCOMPANIMENTS. The movements of each 
figure, which should be of a jerky description, should be 
accompanied and regulated by suitable pianoforte music. 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 



AN OPENING ADDRESS. 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, It is indeed a pleasure to me 
to visit this highly ancient and venerable place upon this most- 
suspicious occasion, to show before you my transcendential, 
mechanical, auto-magic waxworks, the like of which has never 
been seen before upon these terrestrial globes. I will, in the 
first place, venture, in the most respectful manner possible, 
to congratulate you one and all, separately and collectively, 
upon your personal appearance. I would also take the liberty 
of thanking you for your attendance, and would likewise 
express my great relief at the honourable way in which you 
all paid for admission at the doors. As jVOu are no doubt 
aware the figures which I shall show you are all fitted up 
inside with the most deliberate clockworks and will be wound 
up by my two talented assistants, Peter and John. Their 
machinery is very delicate and difficult to manage, requiring 
frequent attention. If, therefore, thoy should make any mis- 
takes I hope that you will kindly look upon them with a 
refulgient eye. But art is long and waxworks is fleeting, and 
therefore without any further contradictory illusions, I will at 
once commence my prescriptions. 



12 MRS. JARLEY'S WAX.WORKS. 

LITTLE NELL. 

This figure is an exact fac-simi.lar representation of my 
former attendant, Little Nell, done by one of the most con- 
sumptive artists of the present age. She was indeed a treasure 
to me when she used to exhibit my collection to the nobility 
and gentry. Everybody was desperately in love with her, 
and one of my money-takers went so completely out of his 
mind, on her account, that he embezzled the whole week's 
takings and has not since been heard of. She made such a 
deep impression upon the acceptable hearts of Peter and John, 
that I can assure you, ladies and gentlemen, in strict confi- 
dence, that they have both taken a solemn vow to live and 
die in single blessedness unless forcibly abducted by rich 
heiresses. But let that pass ! She could point out the figures 
in such an easy and graceful manner, and describe them too, 
that I have reason to believe that she would, in the course of 
time, have achieved something like my own flow of language. 
You will see, by merely looking at her effigy, that she is a 
model of a girl. Her memorials have been well related by 
my honoured patron, the late Mister Charles Dickens, though 
I am sorry to say that he has hardly done me equal justice, 
being somewhat wanting in his depreciation of the highest 
forms of genius and the loftiest elevations of character. 

When wound up you will see Little Nell pointing out the 
figures in her usual repressive manner. 

MOVEMENT : She turns slowly round pointing with a rod 
at the various figures and inclining her head at intervals. 



THE MAY QUEEN. 

This is the celebrated young lady who gave particular 
instructions to her aged and hardworking parient that she 
was to be called early on account of her being Queen of 
the May. T am not aware that it is usual for royal personages 
to rise at a partickerly early hour, but some allowance must be 
made for this young lady on account of her hignorance and 
want of heddication. I do not know very much about her, 
either for good or for bad, though I am sorry to say that 
have heard that she was of a somewhat frivolous temperature. 
If, however, any gentlemen present should, in spite of this 
fact, desire for any further inflammation concerning her 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 13 

pedigree and other virchoos and peculiarities, I -would refer 
him to the poet Venison, for I am told that she is fully 
described in one of his interesting and sensational three 
volume novels. 

MOVEMENT : She raises her floral sceptre several times 
and kisses her hand to the audience. 



MRS. ALLEN'S HAIR RESTORER. 

This figure is one of the chief wonders of my collection, 
which is owing to my late friend and companion in widow's 
weeds, Mrs. Allen, almost as much as to myself, for all the 
hair on the head of this image was grown simply by the 
application of two bottles of Mrs. Allen's celebrated hair 
restorer. Mrs. Allen was so inconsolable when poor Allen 
was taken in an apocalyptical fit that she tore out nearly the 
whole of her luxuriant tresses, shortly after which she re- 
membered that on account of her eleven young children it was 
her mellincholly duty,if possible, to marry again,and accordingly 
she tried all the arts with which she was acquainted to make 
it grow again. After much scientific analysis of the various 
kinds of kitchen fat she finally discovered her wonderful hair 
restorer, which has been a boon and a blessing to the whole 
civilised female world. Unfortunately her scientific explora- 
tions so undermined her health that she expired soon after her 
wonderful discovery, having, however, in the meantime received 
fourteen offers which proved the effixy and value of the 
marvellous mixture. I may add that bottles of this compound 
may be obtained after the entertainment at the door ; also 
that if anyone would like a lock off this young lady's head 
they can be had at five shillings each. 

MOVEMENT : She combs out her hair, looking at herself 
while doing so in a hand mirror. 



OLD MOTHER HTJBBARD AND HER DOG. 

This old lady is the celebrated Mother Hubbard whose 
story has been handed down to us in a short but elegant 
piece of poesy. 1 am afraid she was not a person of the very 
highest character, for she kept a performing dog, and per- 
forming dogs are, in my opinion, having seen a good deal of 



14 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

them, a low and inferior kind of exhibition, being neither 
instructive nor artistic like waxwork shows. But let that 
pass ! Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch a bone 
for her voracious animal, which is one advantage about wax- 
works that they do not cost anything for food. The cunning 
brute, whose image is here faithfully represented, had evidently 
visited the cupboard before her, for when she got there she 
found that it was bare. She accordingly went out to purchase 
various commodities from the confiding tradesmen of the 
neighbourhood, for the purpose of satisfying the pampered 
creature, and upon each occasion on her return she found the 
animal going through his somewhat numerous tricks. His 
degraded and vicious disposition was partickerly exemplified 
when she went out to buy him an appetising meal of tripe, 
and upon her return found him engaged in the obnoxious 
practice of smoking a pipe. He was, however, not utterly 
lost to all sense of morality, for upon the old lady making a 
curtsey the dog made a polite bow. 

When wound up you will see her in the act of curtseying 
and the dog returning the compliment. 

MOVEMENT : The two figures approach one another and 
curtsey and bow respectively. 



BUFFALO BILL. 

This figure you will recognise as one of the cutest and 
most imposing personages of the present century, the Honour- 
able Buffalo Bull, who made an exhibition of his native land 
in London, for the benefit of the British public and his own 
pocket. I have not myself been to see his celebrated circus, 
having a Christian horror of pistols and rifles and longbows 
and other firearms, which I am told he is partial to, like 
most Americans For my own part T think a waxwork show 
is much more elevating to the mind, and much more civilised 
than a lot of wild men a chasing wild beasts on wild horses 
and making as much noise as they possibly can. I have a 
horror of horses of all kinds, and what any sane and sober 
person can see to admire in a buck-jumper is more than I can 
imagine, and as for buffaloes, a cow is quite enough for me, 
and a great deal too much. Nevertheless, let that pass, for I 
Lave a sincere respect for the Honourable Buffalo Bull, having 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 15 

always been taught that it is my bounden duty towards my 
neighbour to admire and respect people who are successful. 
In this image he is dressed in the peculiar costume of his 
native island, and you will particklarly observe that he is 
wearing his cellybrated Wild Vest. I must say for myself 
that if I were Mrs. Buffalo Bull, which I certainly should not 
wish to be on any account, I should make him wear a respect- 
able waistcoat and also have his hair cut. But let that pass ! 

I may add that I obtained this dedly weppin in his hand 
from the Honourable Buffalo Bull himself. It is, he told me 
himself, the identical gun with which he killed 535 Indians 
one morning before breakfast, and he consequently values it 
considerably. 

MOVEMENT : He raises his gun and flourishes his hat 
alternately. 



THE QUEEN WAS IN THE PARLOUR. 

This is the figure of the celebrated Queen who is renownded 
in a famous poem on account of the sweetness of her dis- 
position, as was exemplified in her taste for bread and honey. 
The poem is somewhat after the manner of Mr. Swinburne, 
and is consequentially difficult to understand. It begins with a 
mysterficatious reference to a sixpence and a pocket full of 
rye, proceeding to refer to a noble monnick who fed himself 
on live blackbirds and employed himself largely in counting 
up his money. 

When wound up you will see the way in which royal 
personages spread their bread and honey and eat it. 

MOVEMENT : She raises her bread and honey to her mouth 
and bites at it vindictively. 



THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE. 

The poem of "Hey diddle diddle the Cat and the Fiddle 
is also understood to be by Mr. Swinburne, being slightly 
mixed and disconnected. We all know that cats are fond of 
musical evenings and have much harmony in their souls. 
Also that they have a special interest in the manufacture of 
fiddles, in whioh they play an important part. This uncommon 



16 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

animal, however, was able to play several tunes on the pleasing 
instrument, and when wound up you will hear it give a brief 
solo performance. 

MOVEMENT : Plays for a few seconds on the fiddle. 



HUMPTY DUMPTY. 

This is the great Humpty Dumpty whose pride in ascend- 
ing to the top of this wall met with the usual result, namely, 
that he fell down ignominiously, breaking himself in several 
places and making it quite impossible for the whole of the 
king's army, who at once hastened to the spot, to put him 
together again. Humpty Dumpty is believed to have been a 
high dignitary of ancient times who had become somewhat 
addled with pride. 

When wound up you will see how he lost his balance. 

MOVEMENT : The figure is swayed backwards and for- 
wards by the person behind, whose hands and arms also 
gesticulate. Finally, the person disappears behind the screen 
or wall, pushing the figure forward upon the stage. 

TWEEDLEDUM AND TWEEDLEDEE. 

These two figures, ladies and gentlemen, are the life-like 
representations of Tweedledum and Tweedledee. We know 
comparatively next to nothing at all of their strange eventual 
history. From their resemblance to each other it is commonly 
supposed that they were brothers, and the one on the left, 
especially, is so uncommonly like the other that it is thought 
that he must be a twin. I regret that the only thing that I 
can tell you about them is that they fought about a very 
trifling matter, which circumstance also induces me strongly 
to believe that they must have been brothers, the somewhat 
fragmentary poem which relates their auto-geographies 
stating : 

Tweedledum and Tweedledee 
Went out to have a battle, 

For Tweedledum, said Tweedledee, 
Had spoilt his nice new rattle. 

If you will excuse my making a feeling-scoffical observation 
I may add that I have known many people quarrel over 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 17 

differences quite as trifling as those of Tweedledum and 
Tweedledee. But let that pass ! 

When wound up you will see them playing with their 
rattles in harmony, a pleasing occupation which must have 
caused much joy in their ancestral home. 

MOVEMENT : Both figures set their rattles in motion 
violently. 



LIBERTY. 

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a representation of the 
celebrated figure which has been erected at the entrance of 
New York Harbour in order to show the unwary mariners 
that when they enter [or leave] that port they leave Liberty 
behind them. As a rule Liberty is associated with a crust of 
bread, but in the present case the artist has omitted that 
necessary, but if an artist cannot take a liberty when taking 
such a subject as this, where is the Liberty of the subject 1 ? 
But let that pass ! When I gaze upon this figure I feel 
inclined to remark in the words of the philosopher, " Good 
old Liberty, how many crimes have been committed in thy 
name ! " Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, I ask you all to 
gaze upon Liberty, for you cannot, any of you, tell how soon 
you may be deprived of it. 

MOVEMENT : If wound up the figure waves a torch above 
her head. 



JUSTICE. 

This is a worthy representation of the great subject of 
Justice. She bears in her right hand her celebrated scales, 
her treatment of persons in general being of a very scaly 
description ; at least, that is my experience, In her left hand 
she carries her sword, which, as you may perceive, is carefully 
tempered with mercy. You will notice that my artist has 
taken great pains to make her even-handed, Her eyes are 
bandaged, which is supposed to be the reason that she makes 
so many mistakes, and loses sight of so many deserving people, 

MOVEMENT : If wound up she raises her sword slowly 
ard strikes with it. 



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ELAINE. 

This is a statute of the lovable Elaine, who was one of the 
idols of the king, celebrated in the poems of Venison. Like 
many young ladies she became too fond of a military gentle- 
man, which his name was Lancelot. On finding that he was 
engaged she died of love. He gave her a somewhat mastiff 
keepsake in the shape of his shield, and in this figure you will, 
see how carefully uhe guarded it, and how clean she kept it. 
She was known as the Lily of Astolat, and you will see that 
iny artist has carefully preserved "her delicate complexion. 
After her death she was sent down the river in a boat 
addressed to King Arthur, who very generously paid her 
funeral expenses. 

MOVEMENT : She uiY^overs and displays the shield which 
is draped. 



RIP YAN WINKLE. 

You have all doubtless heard of the renownded Rip Van 
Winkle, who slept for twenty years in the mountains of North 
America, and when he woke he was naturally a good deal 
surprised and disgusted at th r ; goings on in his absence, as 
anybody no doubt would be who had gone to sleep in this 
pleasing city for twenty years. 

He is here represented after he woke from his refreshing 
slumbers. 

MOVEMENT : He stretches his arms and yawns. 

THE GIRTON GRADUATE. 

This figure, ladies and gentlemen, is a young spinster of 
arts, being one of the most promising young graduates of 
Girton College, and a strong believer in woman's rights, in 
which I am sure I fully coincide with her, being an advocate 
myself of women's sufferings, for if a woman is not a superior 
being to a man, all I can say is that she must be very worthless 
indeed and not fit to live. But let that pass ! This young 
lady, like most of the Girton young ladies, is a first-class 
wrangler, and knows as much as any half-dozen men put 
together, as indeed most women do. She has written several 
learned books upon dressmaking, flirting, and other abstruse 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. If) 

sciences, but it is principally as a lecturer to men that shu 
is celebrated, being unequalled in that respect even by any of 
the female raoe, for, like most ladies of her sects, she is a true 
philanthropist at heart, and also disposed to take a mercifu 1 
view of the shortcomings of benighted and degraded man. 

When wound up you will see h^ r in the act of lecturing. 

MOVEMENT : She raises and flourishes a roll of paper 
several times, bringing it down on each occasion with consider- 
able force. 



TITANIA AND PUCK. 

This group represents Titan i a and Puck. Titania, as yotf 
are all aware, was the Queen of the Fairies. Her husband, 
whose name was Overbearon, was so called on account of his 
jealous dispogition, and he used to lead her rather a sad lifo 
of it, keeping very bad hours at night, and shocking company. 
This person, whose name was Puck, was one of his gentlemen 
friends, and in order to gratify the jealous raonnick he poured 
the contents of a patent love filter into the eyes of Titania 
when she was asleep. The result of this proceeding was that 
when she woke up she fell in love with a gentleman in the 
weaving trade, whose head was changed into a donkey's. 
Subsequently all came right in the end and they lived happily 
ever afterwards. The story delicately insinuates what donkeys 
some people make of themselves when they are in love, also 
that there is hope even for the ugliest donkey. In this group 
you s-e the mischievous Puck pouring out of the filter into the 
eyes of the sleeping queen. 

MOVEMENT : Puck balances himself on oue foot and waves 
a phial over the face of Titania, who moves her arms languidly. 



MAID MARIAN. 

i r ou would perhaps hardly suspect that this charming 

ung lady was convicted some thirty-five times of poaching. 

he was the wife of the celebrated Robin Hood, a very 

notorious poacher of bygone days, and she and her husband 

were the terror of the gamekeepers and the poli"e for miles 

round. Her name was Maid Marian, and she and her husband 

lived under the greenwood trees in Sherwood Forest, which 



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could not have been a very comfortable home for her, though 
at any rate it was free from the troubles of rent, servants, and 
the Income-tax, which are the three principal banes of this 
long-suffering human existence. Robin Hood was unfortu- 
nately in the habit of sneaking out his precarious livelihood 
by means of occasional highway burglaries in the midst of the 
gloomy forest, and when wound up you will hear Maid Marian 
blow a martial blast upon her bugle to warn her husband and 
his merry men of the near approach of the police. 

MOVEMENT : She brings the bugle to her mouth and 
blows it repeated several times. 



THE CRUEL BUTCHER WHO MURDERED THE 
PET LAMB. 

Ladies and gentlemen, if you have tears prepare to shed 
them now. The story of this arge-ruffian is one which cannot 
fail to draw the tear of sensibility from the most stiffnecked 
bosom. This barbarious butcher, having made an enormous 
fortune out of the high price of meat, became a landed pro- 
prietor, and you may see his prosperity in the smile which 
illuminates the lower part of his head. One of his unfortunate 
tenants, who was ninety years old and an orphan, was unable 
to pay his rent on account of the depressing state of agriculture, 
and he made a highly affecting appeal to this cruel man to 
let him off payment upon this occasion and he would certainly 
never do it again. But the butcher would not listen to this 
touching request. He forgot the striking words of the im- 
memorial poet, Shakespeare, upon the subject of Mercy, when 
he says : 

The man of property should not distrain, 

Or he'll drop like the gentleman from heaven, 

Never to rise again. 

Accordingly he put the bailiffs in, and they seized upon the 
pet lamb, which belonged to the infant daughter of the aged 
and depressed agriculturist. Once more to quote the laureate 
bard, I may say : 

She washed that lamb with Bailey's soap, 

Which its fleece was white as snow, 
And wherever she chose to slope 

That lamb it was puffictly certain to go. 

In spite of the pigeous screams of this infant child they 



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bore the lamb away to the butcher's slaughter-house, where it 
was fatted up for the space of a fortnight. In the mean- 
time the broken-hearted and somewhat aged farmer, by means 
of pawning his only piano and his Sunday suit, had managed 
to raise all his rent with the exception of 3s. 6d. The 
remorsiless butcher, however, declared that he would have his 
pounds of flesh, lamb being then one and ninepence, and he 
therefore spent his bank holiday in cutting the lamb's throat, 
afterwards skinning it with his own gore-stained fingers. 
After executing this heartless deed he became the victim of 
the keen and annoying anguidge caused by the fangs of 
remorse. He was haunted, morning, afternoon, and evening, 
but more especially in the stilly night, by the vision of the 
murdered lamb. After several unsuccessful attempts to cut 
his own throat with the wrong side of his knife, he ended his 
days in an asylum, his principal delusion being that he was a 
grilled lamb chop. 

When wound up you will see him as he appeared when 
haunted by the ghost of his victim, after which he will cut 
his throat with the wrong side of his knife. 

MOVEMENT : The lamb is let down by a string and drawn 
up quickly, each time the butcher strikes at it. After it is 
finally drawn up he passes the knife backwards and forwards 
across his throat. 



THE MISER WHO" STARVED HIMSELF TO DEATH. 

This is the representation of Matthew MacMulligan, the 
celebrated miser, who lived in a garret in Fulham Road and 
amassed the large fortune of 20,000 by means of picking up 
pins, orange-peel, and cigar ends upon the London pavements. 
During the early part of his life he lived with great frugality 
upon his relations, but, having survived them, he existed during 
his remaining years almost entirely upon his finger nails and 
acid drops. Upon one occasion a charitable passenger in the 
street, noticing his peculiar appearance, presented him with a 
cake of Pears' soap, which is excellent for the complexion in 
fact, I use no other but such was his meanness that he took 
it internally for his Sunday dinner. He counted up his 
money every night, and in order to save expense and to 
prevent being observed, he did so without a candle, the result 
being that an enterprising lodger who watched him through 



2 2 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

a chink in the door gradually changed them for Hanover 
medals and gilded sixpences. This miserly wretch reduced 
his food at last to one acid drop daily, the result being that 
he starved himself to death. When discovered, the horrible 
fact is related that several rats were found writliing upon the 
floor in great agony, having broken their teeth and dislocated 
their jaws in their efforts to devour his remains. Upon 
searching his apartment an immense store of counterfeit coin 
was found under the boards. 

MOVEMENT : Bends over the money and grabs at it 
violently. 



THE CRUEL NURSEMAID WHO CHANGED THE 
TWINS. 

This young person was nursemaid in a baronite's family of 
high degree, but being one day discovered by the butler in 
the very act of devouring some of the dog's biscuits she 
received a month's notice from her indignant mistress. There- 
upon she was seized with the spirit of revenge. She deter- 
mined to wreak her hatred upon the innocent twins who were 
under her charge, and used to beat and shake them in a manner 
which was highly shocking to the nerves of the whole house- 
hold. Two days before she left she cruelly changed them 
from their cradles, whereby they became hopelessly mixed, 
and the one who was twenty minutes younger than the other 
became a baronite and the heir to an estate worth .50,000 a 
year, whilst his unfortunate brother had to be content with 
**ily a bishopric. She came to a bad end, for she married a 
/iegro, who subsequently sold her into slavery on the Gold 
Coasts of Central Afriker, where she was beaten to death with 
susrar canes, having previously made a full confession of her 
perfigeous deed, the result being that the younger brother, 
who had ruined himself and his estate with horse racing, 
resigned it all with the title to his injured brother, being 
rather glad to be appointed bishop in his place. Showing 
that all is well that ends well. 

When wound up you will see her shaking and changing 
the twins. 

MOVEMENT : She takes each doll separately and shakes 
it violently, finally throwing them both violently into tho 
opposite cradles. 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 23 

THE BLOODTHIRSTY BULL-FIGHTER WHO FELL 
A VICTIM TO GLUTTONY. 

This bloodthirsty man is the celebrated Corridor de la 
Gorey, the champion light-weight bull-fighter of the whole 
world. I have 110 sympathy with such explodes, for I hold 
with the poet, 

Britannia needs no bull-fights, 
Her home is on the deep, 

which I hold that bull-fights is a degrading practice only 
indulged in in those countries where the ennobling exhibition 
of waxworks is unknown. But let that pass ! This remark- 
able person, after passing through a thousand deadly en- 
counters, fell a mellincholy victim to gluttony, by choking 
himself with a large slice of bread and marmalade in his ?ixty- 
ninth year. We originally had a magnificent waxwork bull 
with which he used to light when wound up, but it was so 
life-like that it tossed Peter and John in several places, and 
consequentially had to be, destroyed. 

When wound up you will see him taking the bull by the 
horns and also artifully dodging it to get out of its way. 

MOVEMENT : The figure sways from side to side grasping 
with his hands as if holding a bull's horns, and at intervals 
ducking his head suddenly to the right. 



THE REMARKABLE AMERICAN SCARECROW. 

This is a wonderful example of the ingenuity of man, and 
for that reason I have been induced to include it in my 
Chamber of Terrors. It is a representation of the new auto- 
magic American scarecrow, invented and patented by my 
talented friend the Honourable Lieutenant General Tim Potts, 
the Chicago manufacturer, who will execute any orders which 
any enterprising agriculturist present may like to entrust me 
with. This wondrous figure has been found most efficacious 
in many parts of America and has received many highly 
nattering testimonials. One farmer writes to mention that 
it has not only frightened the crows off his corn but it so 
terrified several of the younger birds that they have brought 
back the corn which they had stolen several days previously. 

Peter, wind him up. 

MOVEMENT : He suddenly jerks himself to a half-sitting 



24 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

position and beats a can full of stones with an old brush, 
jerking himself up again with great suddenness and violence. 



JACK SHEPPARD IN PRISON. 

I regret to say that I cannot tell you anything good about 
this somewhat pleasing-looking youth, inasmuch as he was a 
villin of the deepest dye, being the nefarious Jack Sheppard, 
burglar and highwayman. I have a strong objection to 
burglars myself, though I don't know as I have ever seen one 
excepting in my dreams. But let that pass ! Jack Sheppard 
showed an early inclination for the burglary business, sneaking 
numerous things out of his mother's cupboards at the age of 
only seven years. He had several narrow escapes in the 
course of his professional career, but the narrowest of all was 
a chimney in Newgate Prison which was only ten inches 
across. He was thought by the foolish multitude to be very 
clever because he twice made his escape from Newgate, but, in 
my humble opinion, he would have shown his cleverness better 
in not getting in, than he did in getting outside. But let that 
pass ! He was eventually captured by the zeal of a celebrated 
detective of the name of Jonathan Wild and was hanged amid 
a crowd of sympathetic spectators. 

"When wound up you will see him engaged in a skilful 
attempt to escape from his imprisonment. 

MOVEMENT : He takes his chain in his mouth and it breaks 
on his pretending to undo it with his teeth. 



THE NOBLEMAN'S DAUGHTER WHO ROBBED 
THE MISSIONARY BOX. 

This is a representation of the nobleman's daughter who 
was brought up in the lap of luxury and provided with every 
comfort that heart could desire, including all the advantages of 
education, and fourpence a month pocket money, but through 
her sinful passion for expensive coloured ribbons she robbed 
her aunt's missionary box. She was discovered in the act of 
picking it open with a hair-pin by her aunt' ; gardener, who, 
having previously been in the police, thought it his duty, as a 
man and a brother, to inform the authorities ; the result was 
that the local magistrate, who, it was said, had a spite against 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 25 

the nobleman, insisted upon sentencing her to twelve years' 
penal servitude, in spite of the efforts and influence of the 
whole house of peers. This sentence, however, was sub- 
sequently computed by the Lord High Chanticleer to two 
years' hard labour on account of its being her first offence and 
also on its being incidentually discovered that the half-crown 
was a bad one. 

When wound up you will see her force the lock with the 
hair-pin and abstract the half-crown. 

MOVEMENT : She flourishes a hair-pin, brings it to the box, 
opens it, and brings out with it a disc of potato or some soft 
substance to resemble a coin, holding it up for the inspection 
of the audience. 



THE DEPRAVED GIRL WHO SKIPPED UPON 
THE PUBLIC PAVEMENT. 

Who that has trodded the hard and slippery paths of this 
weary vale of life has not at some time been subject 
to the annoyance of obnoxious and obstructious games such 
as tip-cat, marbles, and skipping ropes ? To such young 
people as are so lost to good feeling as to practice these 
pernicious habits, I would point out this next figure as a 
terrifying example and warning. This young lady, in spite 
of the repeated warnings of her parents and the police, persisted 
in her favourite and savage practice of skipping upon the 
public thoroughfares. Upon one occasion she upset a 
perambulator with three children in it, two of them being 
infants of tender years. They were all of them dashed out 
with great violence upon their precious noses. The result was 
that the eldest, who was but a simple child of six, had a turn-up 
nose to his dying day, and being a robust boy he kicked one of 
his little brothers very violently in the pit of his chest, very 
nearly extinguishing his young life. But the saddest part of 
it was that the youngest infant, who appeared to have escaped 
uninjured, expired exactly three months afterwards to a day, 
of the whooping cough, which it was said by the nurse was 
clearly caught from the fright he experienced. The heartless 
girl was very properly brought before the magistrate, who 
was the same gentleman who so properly punished the noble- 
man's daughter for robbing the missionary box. He accordingly 



26 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

sentenced this young lady to penal servitude for life, and 
although she afterwards repented of what she had done, I 
am told that upon being let out on a ticket-of-leave, in her 
sixtieth year, she married a chimney sweep. Such is the fate 
of those who despise the warnings of their godfathers and god- 
mothers, and bring down the grey hairs of passengers with 
sorrow to the pavement. 

MOVEMENT : She skips to musical accompaniment. 



THE JAPANESE CONJUROR WHO KILLED 
HIMSELF WITH THE SWORD TRICK. 

This is the celebrated Japanese conjuror Slight-rixini. He 
gave upon one occasion a grand performance before the 
Emperor of Japan at his majesty's imperial court, but he made 
a large number of valuables disappear in such a remarkable 
way that he was never asked to repeat the performance. 
Many interesting tales are told of his dexterity. Upon one 
occasion he was found by two of the native police under some- 
what superstitious circumstances, with the contents of two 
plate-baskets congealed in his left sleeve. He was, however, 
quite equal to the occasion, for he at once produced two magic 
coins of considerable value which immediately caused the two 
policemen to vanish away round the nearest corner, and what 
was most remarkable of all, the two coins disappeared from 
sight with them, and in a truly wonderful way. His greatest 
achievement was the sword trick, which he performed with a 
dexterity which was appalling to behold. Upon one occasion, 
however, he performed this daring experiment once too often, 
for his hand slipped and the sword went straight through him 
before he could remember the Japanese for Jack Robinson. 
Thus he came to an end in a horrible though glorious manner, 
and his last words were that he should feel amply compensated 
for the trouble he had taken if his effigy should be included in 
my celebrated waxworks as a warning to all boys and girls 
never, upon any account, to play with knives, swords, 
revolvers, or other deadly edge tools and fireworks. 

When wound up you will see him as he appeared before 
expiring. 

MOVEMENT : He turns slowly round, and when his back ia 
to the audience shakes his head solemnly for a few seconds. 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 2? 

THE GIPSY WHO KIDNAPPED A PREPARATORY 
SCHOOL. 

Here, ladies arid gentlemen, you behold the celebrated 
Gipsy Jane, who was one of the wickedest of her race. She 
was in the habit of kidnapping the young children of wealthy 
parients, and treating them in a most vindictive manner until 
they were ransomed by their agonised relations. It would 
sometimes happen that the parents would not ransom their 
offspring at any price, and these unfortunate young people, 
after she had cut off all their hair and sold it, she used to 
barbariously destroy by means of frightening them to death 
at night with a white sheet and a phosphorescient shrieking 
skull which she had specially invented for the purpose. Upon 
one occasion she had managed to kidnap thirteen young lady 
boarders at a preparatory school at Brighton, and as the 
schoolmistress and the parients unanimously refused to ransom 
them until after the Christmas holidays, she cut off all their 
luxuriant tresses, selling them to a hair merchant for a large 
sum. Tempted by the desire of gain and in order to cause a 
fresh crop of hair to grow she fed her miserable victims entirely 
on hair oil, which had such a wonderful effect that she made a 
large fortune, for she refused to give them up for several years, 
managing to delude the strong arm of the law in a very 
cunning way. Finally their hair grew so long that one night 
they made their escape by letting each other down by it from 
the top window of the gipsy's castle. The gipsy was after- 
wards brought to justice, but was acquitted by the jury 
principally on account of her youth and innocence and her 
promising never to do it again. 

When wound up you will see the savage way in which she 
cut off the hair of her young victims, 

MOVEMENT : She chops violently with a large pair of shears 
at a tress of hair. 



LITTLE MISS MUFFET. 

Fortunately it requires no strong language on my part to 
commend this figure to your favourable attention. This rustic 
young lady is little Miss Muffet. She was partaking of a 
nourishing meal of curds and whey when a higeous spider, 
attracted by a fly which was drowning itself in her basin, 



58 MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

suddenly descended, causing her those spasms of alarm which 
the sight of a spider always creates in all right-minded female 
bosoms. 

When wound up you will see the spider descend upon this 
unprotected innocent, who will do her best to defend herself 
with her spoon. Peter, wind her up and oil the spider. 

MOVEMENT: She brings her spoon backwards and for- 
wards from the basin to her mouth, and on the spider being 
let down strikes at it with the spoon. 



PYGMALION AND GALATEA. 

This is one of the very wonderfullest works of art ever 
exhibited in connection with any waxwork show. This figure 
represents Pygrnason, who was a sculpture in the Isle of 
Cyprus. This elegant statute, which represented a lady named 
Galatears, was his work, and it was rejected from the Royal 
Academy according to their custom on account of its extreme 
merit. This fact preyed accordingly upon the mind of the 
high-spirited Pygmason, and he wept over her so much that 
she was known as the Gal o' tears. Like most artists he was 
-of a very supsettable dispogition and was also inclined to think 
.a great deal more of his works than other people did. Being 
quite unable to sell her, a person named Yenus, who is an 
.artist's model, took pity on liim, and one day, by means of 
magic arts, when he was putting a few finishing touches to 
the figure, brought her suddenly to life, the result being that 
he married her and had a fairly good time of it ever after- 
wards. 

When wound up you will see the wonderful transpogition 
effected by the lady of the name of Yenus. 

MOVEMENT : She descends gracefully and raises her hands 
in astonishment at Pygmalion, who rises from his kneeling 
posture and turns slowly as she walks round him and re-ascends 
the pedestal, when he again kneels. Before Galatea descends 
Pygmalion strikes chips from her dress. She descends to soft 
music. 

MARY THE MILKMAID. 

This represents the celebrated milkmaid who resided upon 
the sands of Dee. You have doubtless heard her adven- 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 29 

tures, celebrated in song at amateur concerts. She had a 
rather large number of cattle to attend to. These dangerous 
and obnoxious animals used to wander about for miles around, 
and it was one of her most important duties to call the cattle 
home at night, so that, as you may guess, her calling must 
have been a very laborious and ardurious one indeed. For my 
own part I cannot abear cows, and how any respectable young 
woman could ever choose to be a milkmaid I never could 
properly reprehend. In her case, as might be supposed, she 
came to a bad end, for one evening she did not return home, 
and the result was, not to put too fine a point upon it, there 
was a coroner's inquest upon her unfortunate remains. The 
jury returned a verdict of " Found Drowned," but if you want 
to know my opinion though, I shall always believe that she 
was tossed to death by those infuriated and bloodthirsty 
beasts of prey, for she was in the habit of calling them home 
by waving the red handkerchief which you will see in her 
right hand, which, it is well known, is apt to have an irritating 
and exasperating effect on those unreasonable brutes. 

When wound up you will see her in the act of calling 
them home in the simple but dangerous way to which I have 
referred. 

MOVEMENT : She waves a red handkerchief quickly to 
music. A good effect is obtained by continuing the waving 
after the music, when the figure is stopped by the assistants 
with the explanation that it is over-wound. 



DICK WH1TTINGTOK 

Here you see the pleasing personificature of Dick 
Whittington and his celebrated and sagacious cat. It is not 
necessary that I should recapostulate his interesting history at 
any protracted extent, for his auto-geography will be familiar 
to you all. As you are aware he was a charity school boy in 
the City of London, and having been severely flogged for 
playing truant he made up his precocious mind to run away 
and seek his fortune by hunting the savage beasts in foreign 
deserts, for which purpose he took his mother's cat with him, 
having lured the faithful brute away by means of a skewer 
of cats' meat. "When he got as far as Highgate he became 
frightened, whereupon he declared that he could hear the bells 



SO MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 

saying as plain as possible, " Turn again "Whittington, thrice 
Lord Mayor of London." So he went back and was received 
into the bosom of his family, who, upon hearing of the wonder- 
ful bell-ringing performance, determined to edjicate and bring 
liiui up as a Lord Mayor. Thanks to this generous conduct 
on the part of his relations he achieved to that dignified office 
of Lord Mayor, and such was the ignorance of those days that 
they elected him three times in spite of his being one of the 
worst scamps that ever spent the Corporation money. His 
sagacious cat rod** in triumph upon the box-seat in each of the 
Lord AJ ayor's processions. 

When wound up you will see him as he appeared when 
listening to the bells. 

MOVEMENT : He raises his hand to his ear whilst music 
of bells is played. This figure should be lifted backwards and 
forwards in a kneeling position. 



SHYLOCK. 

This abandoned individual is the disreputable Shylock, 
otherwise known as the Merchant of Venison. You have 
doubtless read of his variegated iniquities in Shakespeare's 
amusing and popular poems. As you will perceive he was of 
the Jewish persuasion and was in the money-lending business. 
On one occasion this insurious old villin lent a large sum to a 
highly religious person named Antonio, upon the cannibal- 
istical condition that if the cash was not down on the nail, 
the Jew was to have a pound of the gentleman's flesh to keep 
himself from starving. The real object of this wicked Je\f 
was to have the life of that Christian gentleman, who, it seems, 
was in the habit of spitting on him in the street and calling 
him scurrilious epitaphs, which must have certainly been 
somewhat irritating, h*t was doubtless only one of the 
eccentricities of his genus. Mr. Antonio's ships were all late, 
which I have noticed is i-egularly the case with ships in the 
present day. As the cash was not paid the bloodthirsty Jew 
claimed his pound of flesh, and he was about to chop it off and 
devour it in the open court when he was suddenly circum- 
wented in a highly singular manner. As most of the bothera- 
tions of this vexatchious world are, T regret to say, caused by 
ovely wommin, so vicy-versy, per contrary, and on the other 



MRS. JARLEY'S WAXWORKS. 31 

hand there is nothing like a wommin to get you out of a 
scrape It was ever thus, arid so it turned out in this case. 
A lady named Porter dressed herself up as a bigwig, went 
down to the court, and in a few minutes had turned everything 
upside down and made all the other big-wigs, and the Judge, 
and the Jew look uncommonly foolish. Miss Porter pointed 
out that it was only a pound of flesh that the Jew could have, 
and that if he took any blood ha would be committing perjury. 
"Whereupon he was compelled to give up all his property and 
was sentenced to death, which would have been carried out 
but for the jury kindly recommending him to mercy on account 
of his youth and innocence. 

When wound up you will see the bloodthirsty villin 
sharpening his knife in preparation for the ojious deed. 

MOVEMENT : He sharpens his knife angrily on an old 
slipper. 



CONCLUDING SPEECH BY MRS. JARLEY. 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, Before you disperse to your 
home sweet homes, allow me to thank you for your kind 
attention, and to remark that any trifles you can spare from 
your well-filled coffers for Peter and John will be thankfully 
received, as they are saving up with a view of taking a business 
in this neighbourhood, which would be a great acquisition to 
the locality I would also beg to add that if anyone would 
like to purchase any of these figures, they are for sale at 
moderate prices, the only condition being that they must be 
taken at the owner's risk and with all errors of description, 
I again beg to thank you for your patronage, and, in conclusion, 
I take the liberty of bidding you a welcome adoo. 



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